The 2016 campaign is officially in the books and the Chicago Cubs are ready for the postseason. They have themselves a few days off while two teams battle it out for the N.L. Wild Card. Who will advance to the NLDS? Only time will tell.
But for now, we’re going to look back at some of the most exciting moments from the regular season. I know what you’re thinking. I mean, there are so many memorable moments provided by a team who won 103 games.
Which is true and to be honest, this list was difficult for me to put together. So many moments came to mind when this idea popped into my head. Now, most of you may not agree with my list but that’s okay. I’m writing this to show you my list and in the end, we’d like to hear what yours consists of.
Two of the greatest Chicago Cubs to ever wear the uniform would have loved to see this 2015-2016 organization. A team that has grown so much over the years, turning into a postseason contender.
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Last year was just the beginning of a long journey and now Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer’s plan is coming full-circle. Both men, including Jason McLeod, signed new deals. Like the players they acquired, all three men will be around for a very long time.
So, before we hop straight into the Top 5, let’s go over a few honorable mentions. First up, Willson Contreras and his first big league at-bat which occurred on June 19th, during ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.
Willson stepped to the plate with a runner on first and two outs in the home half of the sixth inning. And on the first pitch of his professional career, he goes yard for a two-run homer in a 10-5 win over the Pirates.
This completed the sweep of Pittsburgh and, at the time, the Chicago Cubs improved to 47-20. Another great moment? How about David Ross and his 100th career homer in his final year as an active player.
Grandpa Rossy has been on a year-long retirement tour with a bucket list he had put together before his final run started. Ross has had a huge year for the Cubs but late May was a great time for him.
With the Cubs ahead of the of the Philadelphia Phillies by the score of 2-1 in the fourth, Ross reached his milestone. On the second pitch of the at-bat, he launched a no doubt, three-run homer out to left.