Chicago Cubs: World Series champions at last
If someone had told Kris Bryant that in just his second year he was destined to win both the MVP and represent as a driving catalyst for the franchises first World Championship in 108 years, he probably wouldn’t have believed you. That is however what did happen.
The Cubs finished a major league-best 103-58, moving past the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers on their way to the World Series. For Bryant, there were many significant moments with his involvement.
Down three games to one and 1-0 in Game 5, Bryant launched a 1-1 fastball from starting pitcher Trevor Bauer to tie the game at a crucial point. It would help start the momentum to a victory. In Game 6, Bryant began to the fireworks immediately, sending a 0-2 curveball from starting pitcher Josh Tomlin to set the tone early. Bryant would finish with a four-hit night.
Finally, in Game 7, Bryant had countless many shining moments. The many solid plays with the leather, his hustle to account for two runs, his long sac-fly out which turned out to be decisive, the final ground ball to clinch the series. It seemed as though he was involved in one way or another.
In the postgame interview, Bryant called it “one of the best games anybody will ever see.” His leadership in just his second year shined through tenfold for the Cubs and their fans and gave them something to believe in once more – here’s to many more moments like this in the years to come.