A year after loading the National League All-Star team roster, the Chicago Cubs had just one player this year in Wade Davis. For the first-year Cubs’ closer, it was a forgettable experience.
With the Chicago Cubs 5 1/2 back in the weak National League Central, we all should have expected something like this out of the All-Star Game.
Last season, Joe Maddon’s club sent seven players to the Midsummer Classic, including the entire starting infield. This year, the team’s lone representative, Wade Davis, became a bar trivia question answer in the 10th inning when he served up the game-winning home run.
Davis, who is perfect on the season in save opportunities, hung a breaking ball to the Seattle Mariners’ Robinson Cano. The eight-time All-Star did not waste the opportunity, depositing it into the right-field bullpen to give the American League club a 2-1 edge.
From there, the Internet immediately began having its fun. Actually, to be fair, Bleacher Nation was ahead of the curve. Although, I’m sure if you ask Brett, he wished he wasn’t.
No word yet on whether or not the league is going to dock the aforementioned games, but, regardless, it’s not exactly what any of us wanted. And the Cubs connections go deeper than just Wade Davis.
Thanks a lot, Starlin
Cano initially didn’t make the AL All-Star team. The only reason he made the roster was because the New York Yankees’ Starlin Castro suffered an injury last week. Yes, that Starlin Castro. The once-cornerstone of the Chicago Cubs’ franchise. So thanks for that, Starlin.
And, even though Davis wasn’t a member of the World Series champion team, the bottom of the 10th featured one more reminder of the past in Andrew Miller. The Cleveland Indians’ southpaw came on to close things out, preserving the 2-1 win for the American League.
Boy, you couldn’t write this up any more perfectly if you’re digging around for a story about how the Cubs are doomed because of a home run allowed in a game that doesn’t matter.