I’ve returned back from the dead after a long blog hiatus. For those who don’t know me well enough, I work for the Chicago Wolves in the ticket sales department, and they made a Calder Cup run which means I averaged 6,000 hours a week and gained 6,000 pounds. Ideal blogger shape. Dad bod on fleek.
This past June has been interesting for Cubs baseball to say the least. Some bright spots were sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals at home, making the Cubs 6-0 vs. the Redbirds at Wrigley this year. Some not so bright spots include getting swept by them in their house. And losing 3 of 4 to LA. And blowing the ninth inning vs. the White Sox. And the best they can do against the Braves is a series split at home. Puke.
One bright spot in this lineup has been Willson Contreras, who hit an absolute DONG SHOT to left field extending his hit streak to ten games. Smash that play button, folks:
Oh my. Big Willy is en fuego and is a near shoo-in for his second consecutive All-Star appearance. Just an absolute menace to society. His bat is not the only reason Cubs fans love him. His temperament is what separates him from everyone else on the team. Anthony Rizzo brings the leadership, Javier Baez brings the swagger, but Big Willy is the heart and soul of the team… and it drives opposing teams nuts. Just ask Tyler Flowers.
Guys who hate Willy will think this move was classless. Those groups of people include the Cardinals, Brewers, White Sox, and old men who hate having fun. And who would want to hang out with those groups of people anyway? Guys like me who love him realize Flowers chirped him at home plate after Willy questioned a bad strike call. On the next pitch, Willy hit a rocket to right field, turned around, promptly told Flowers to go shove it, then proceeded to round the bases while screaming obscenities at the Braves dugout. That was a total alpha move right there and I absolutely loved it. Tyler Flowers is a big boy, too, standing at 6’4″ and weighing in at 260 lbs. Inject Contreras’ confidence into my veins.
Big Willy is one of those guys who you gotta hate if he’s not on your team, but if you have him he’s beloved by the clubhouse and the fan base. His passion for the game is great for baseball, and the Cubs are lucky to have him. With some winnable games on the horizon in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, I look for Contreras and the Cubs to gain some much-needed momentum heading into the All-Star Break. Is a little breathing room in the NL Central too much to ask?
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