As Americans celebrated our nation’s independence this past weekend, we looked to the sky to see the fireworks, sparks of light and a new beginning for the Cubs. This edition of Reverse the Curse is dedicated to all the bright spots on the North side.
Between the media hype around the All-Star game next week and the Samardzija trade last week it is time to be buzzing about the CHICAGO CUBS!! First, let’s reflect on our first Reverse the Curse article which gave some insight into the excitement in Des Moines, the Cubs Triple A Club, where now, (I’m sure thanks to SportsDivas) superstar Kris Bryant was recently promoted from AA from AAA, Javier Baez is continuing to play well and Manny Ramirez (who I think now is in his 50s) some how delivered a game winning hit on Sunday. #mannybeingmanny. Then we took a look at the Cubs Bull Pen stacked with Valbuena and Schlitter(Schlit). And last week, we felt great about Jake Arrieta, approaching a no-hitter twice in the last month including an incredible performance through 8 innings in Boston. #sweep #classbostonfans
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) July 1, 2014
Today its Anthony Rizzo batting up to his potential.
Please Don’t Forget to VoteRizzo right now. Per MLB.com He leads all NL first basemen in homers (17), is tied for first in walks (50) and ranks third in runs (56), while upping his average to .276 so far this year. Entering Saturday’s game, his 2.4 WAR was second best among NL first basemen. Rizzo, looking for a first selection, also brings Gold Glove-worthy credentials at first, coming off a .997 fielding percentage in 2013.
And finally Addison Russell from Oakland is 20 years old and was acquired by the Cubs along with pitcher Dan Straily, outfielder Billy McKinney, and a player to be named later for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Addison Russell was the 11th overall draft pick in 2012, he is a powerful short stop with a fearless attitude. What could be better a player named for the street that Wrigley Field and Elwood Blues reside on. GO CUBS!!