The Chicago Cubs used the heroics of a Kyle Schwarber grand slam to down the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Saturday. And even more stunning? Jon Lester picked a guy off of first. Like, a legit pick off.
After the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, there were plenty of “hell freezes over” jokes. Well, if it was starting to thaw, it just froze over again. Jon Lester picked off the first baserunner in his career. This wasn’t a step off and get him in a rundown. This was a legit pickoff move. Tommy Pham? You’re now famous. You were picked off by the guy that people said couldn’t do it. And Tim McCarver? If you get a chance, take a listen to his call on the play.
A Lester pickoff. Kyle Schwarber‘s grand slam. The clutch plays and big hits the Cubs haven’t been getting? They’re getting them. At least they are at Wrigley Field. Lester didn’t factor in the decision but kept the Cubs close as the bullpen did a masterful job for the second straight game. This doesn’t mean Schwarber’s back, but if there’s an at-bat that can get a guy going again, this would have to be it.
By now you’ve probably heard–Bryce Harper would “prefer” to play for the Cubs once he hits free agency. Pipe dream? Maybe. But the story is legitimate as Peter Gammons dropped that bombshell on Mully and Hanly on 670 The Score. Could the Cubs try to make it work? Making a run at Harper could mean saying goodbye to several other key players in the near future.
These stories and more that you might have missed:
‘Harper has been linked to the Chicago Cubs’ – Cubbies Crib
‘What Harper on the Cubs might look like’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Cards broadcast hilariously calls Lester pickoff’ – Cubs Insider
‘Schwarber blasts game-winning grand slam’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Someone must step up to lead the Cubs lineup’ – Cubbies Crib
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