I was in Texas this past week visiting some family and playing golf. My grandpa is now 99 (!) years old. He still lives at home alone (with some help from caretakers) and has his whits about him. It's pretty incredible. I often think about what he's witnessed in his lifetime: two world wars (one of which he participated in), Watergate, television, internet, cell phones...the list could continue on an on. I'm not sure how one even processes all of that. But there he is, one year away from 100 years old.
When I was a little kid, I'd constantly be checking where the Cubs stood in the NL Central throughout the year. It didn't matter if they were good or bad, I'd always want to know where they stood. Unfortunately, the results weren't always favorable. But now, just look at this beauty:
With the season starting to wind down, the Cubs find themselves in a great spot. Things can always change and collapses can always happen. But as it stands, we're looking pretty good. But I can't help but be reminded of 2015 where three (very good) NL Central teams made the playoffs. Do you remember? I bet you do. The Cubs went on to win against the Pirates in the Wild Card and then went on to beat their arch rival Cardinals in the NLDS. Remember??
Just take a look at the Wild Card standings as of this morning:
That is one crowded field. And at the top? Two teams from the NL Central. This is going to be a fun final stretch.
I'm sure that you've read about Mr. David Bote thousands of times since he hit his walk-off homer against the Reds on Friday. But indulge me one more time. What he's doing right now is incredible. Players coming up and having immediate success really isn't all that rare. But players coming up and remaining successful is far more uncommon. It's a game of changes and adjustments. Pitchers make adjustments. Batters have to make adjustments of their own. Then pitchers make more adjustments. Then batters have to make even more adjustments of their own. This process continues until we all die.
But Bote is doing this all on the fly:
Awesome stuff as usual from @sahadevsharma. Just shows how hard guys like Bote have to work even when they’ve already had some success in the majors. It’s a game of cat and mouse. #cubs pic.twitter.com/fYm6DSotmE
— Myles Phelps (@Mphelps11) August 25, 2018
This has been a lot of fun. Let's watch his bomb one more time.
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