Jameson Taillon Speaks: Cubs Recruited Hard, Old Friends Said Nice Things, Wrigley Love, Pumped for Swanson, More

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Jameson Taillon Speaks: Cubs Recruited Hard, Old Friends Said Nice Things, Wrigley Love, Pumped for Swanson, More

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New Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jameson Taillon was introduced, officially, today with a press conference carried on Marquee. His likability was off the charts, which tracks with what I’ve heard about him as a teammate and a makeup guy.

  • The recruitment effort from the Cubs was immediate, and had the hallmarks of the full-court press the Cubs put on when they have a particular target to woo:
  • Notable there, too, that Rizzo, Effross, and Williams – each of whom was traded by the Cubs – spoke highly of the organization. Anthony Rizzo, facilitator:
  • I’m sure the Cubs feel this way, too, given how aggressively they targeted him and the size of the contract (four years, $68 million):
  • Would love to hear about this guy being an influence on the Cubs’ young pitchers:
  • Taillon immediately felt the environment at Wrigley Field was special:
  • I didn’t know that Taillon also had some Chicago connections:
  • Taillon is a big Dansby Swanson fan, and underscores that the competitor in him wouldn’t sign with the Cubs if he didn’t think the path to win was there:
  • Funny to think about Ian Happ (a huge coffee guy) knowing that Taillon was such a big coffee guy that he sent him a care package LAST year:
  • And how about Taillon as a Cubs-fan-kid:

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.