Chicago Cubs: Lighting a fire under teammates on and off the diamond
Known as a clubhouse ambassador of sorts, Strop takes great pride in ensuring that he is a great teammate and goes to great lengths at managing the team’s morale. His unselfishness certainly doesn’t go unnoticed.
"“I try to put my teammates in the same mood every time,” Strop said this season. “Sometimes you’re in a bad mood, but I make sure they’re in a good mood by the time they go and pitch.”"
During a road trip to Kansas City, the team paid their respects to the positive clubhouse leader by devoting a “Dress Like Pedro Strop” day that saw the players and coaches dress in their gaudiest, flashiest garb.
Throughout the years and especially during the high and low points of this season, he seemed to always lift the spirits of everyone around him, whether it was with his signature bright and playful smile or his “lead by example” emotion on the mound. The always animated Strop seems to have a knack for firing up his teammates.
Never being one to turn away from big moments, he decides to face them head-on. That’s the mentality of Pedro Strop. After suffering a hamstring injury in Washington late in the season, he returned with that gusto on full display in the NL Wild Card game at Wrigley Field.