Heading into what could be his last season as a member of the Chicago Cubs, right-handed ace Jake Arrieta has already made his share of history.
Over the last two-plus seasons, Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs has established himself as one of the league’s elite arms.
A 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner, thrower of two no-hitters and an 18-game winner a year ago, Arrieta is a bona fide ace.
On Monday, he turned 31 years old. Talks between Arrieta and the Cubs are yet to pick up any traction and it appears he’ll test the open market at season’s end. He has given Cubs fans some of the best memories they have during his time on the North Side.
There’s no telling what the future holds between the two sides. Just over 12 months ago, Dexter Fowler was a reported Baltimore Oriole – yet, days later, he walked into Cubs camp – to the surprise of the entire team.
Theo Epstein has pulled off stranger miracles. He’s broken the Curse of the Bambino and the Curse of the Billy Goat. A reunion can’t be counted out until the chickens hatch.
But, for now, let’s enjoy Arrieta’s big day and look back at the highlights of his time with the Chicago Cubs.