Social media has added a little bit of spice to the world of professional sports. From professional wrestling to the UFC, NFL, NBA, MLS, and MLB — teams across the globe have found themselves going back and forth with a specific opponent. And with the Opening Night just around the corner, the Chicago Cubs wasted no time.
On Monday, Apr. 4, the North Siders will go head-to-head with a man who has ripped into them during the majority of his career. As a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, veteran first baseman Albert Pujols loved hitting against the Chicago Cubs. I couldn’t be the only one who held my breath whenever he was in the batter’s box.
Chicago has some of the greatest rivalries in the history of professional sports which haven’t been easy. Growing up as a die-hard Chicago Bears fan, watching Brett Favre dismantle the Monsters of the Midway year in and year out resulted in thousands of individuals to go bald. Now we have to deal with Aaron Rodgers. Joy.
But at the end of the day or whenever said player calls it a career, there’s nothing but love and respect. The same goes for Pujols who chewed up and spit out multiple handfuls of starters and relievers along the way.
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Now that social media is involved, the interaction between both teams including the fans brings the hype to another level.
Both the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Angels have the pieces they need in order to win a World Series and could very well end up squaring off as the final two teams standings.
Before we dig into this war, Pujols was not involved. It actually started when first baseman Anthony Rizzo mentioned outfielder and 2014 A.L. MVP Mike Trout in a tweet according to CBS Chicago. That’s when the Cubs and Angels twitter handles began going at it with Rizzo and Trout at the center of it all.
There’s no doubt that Trout and Rizzo are future Hall of Fame players who will cross paths whenever the N.L. Central and A.L. West are matched up for interleague play. As far as the MVP is concerned, Rizzo is considered a favorite along with Arizona Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt and of course, the reigning, defending Most Valuable Player, Bryce Harper.
Chicago’s 26-year-old slugger ended 2015 with 31 homer runs, 101 RBI (career-high), 78 walks (career-high), 163 hits (career-high), 94 runs (career-high), three triples (career-high), 300 total bases (career-high) and a batting line of .278/.387/.512. Safe to say that last season was Rizzo’s best but he’s aiming to eclipse those totals in hopes of adding both a World Champion and N.L. MVP to his resume.