The Northsiders continue to be the more aggressive team in Chicago this offseason. After swinging big with Marcus Stroman in December, the Chicago Cubs continued their streak of adding impact names officially on Friday. Seiya Suzuki officially signed with the Cubs. According to Jed Hoyer, Suzuki visited Chicago on Tuesday to confirm if it was truly where he wanted to be. He must have fell in love with the city as Suzuki flew to Arizona and officially signed with the team on Friday.
There were a number of highlights from Suzuki's first official day as a Cub. Let's take a look at some from Friday.
It's Nice to Meet You Too, Seiya!
The day started with the introductory press conference. Not in some big fancy Wrigley Field press room, but in a small ballpark locker room. Japanese star Seiya Suzuki was introduced to the Cubs and their fans via the media on Friday afternoon. Very early in the presser, Suzuki introduced himself to Chicago.
With a smile on his face, Suzuki introduced himself to his new team's fan nation. The introductory press conference was around 30 minutes, and was a fun opening to the relationship between the Cubs and Seiya Suzuki.
Mike Trout, I Love You
Suzuki was asked by reporter Meghan Montemurro why he chose the No. 27 for his Cubs tenure. His response? It was priceless. Apparently Suzuki loves Mike Trout, literally.
Trout is a hell of a role model for Suzuki to mold his game after. We're not saying he'll be THAT good, but even a fraction of his ability will be a welcomed sight at the Friendly Confines.
The First Showcase
Following the press conference, Suzuki took some swings in batting practice. To say he was impressive is an understatement. He hit home run after home run, displaying his power.
He's a Chicago Cub. Yes, there is a lot more to get excited about in 2022. The Suzuki signing is a huge indication that the Cubs still anticipate being competitive, at least within the division. A NL Central title would be an unbelievable story. Bringing it back in a little, Suzuki is going to be a joy to watch.
Spring Training in Full Swing
Spring Training is in full swing. The Cubs play games everyday on Marquee Sports Network until April 5. Opening Day is scheduled for April 7 and the Cubs host the Brewers at Wrigley Field on day one. This gives us Kosuke Fukudome Opening Day vibes with Suzuki in the fold.