Chicago Cubs: Game of Thrones and the Cubs’ Long Winter (Part 3)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: (L-R) Actors Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington pose in the press room during The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: (L-R) Actors Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington pose in the press room during The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) /
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Does this guy come from Cubbie Bear Island?

Emotional, tough, passionate. A young, fiery leader from (Cubbie) Bear Island. Sounds a lot like who we thought Willson Contreras was at the start of 2018.  Outspoken and confident, Contreras established himself as a premier catcher in 2017, before a disappointing 2018 led some pundits and fans to question his abilities and leadership.

However, young and emotional leaders have a way of coming back twice as strong, and no doubt 2019 will look like that for our bazooka-armed catcher from Venezuela. So far this season, the verdict has been a pretty positive one as Contreras looks healthy, more refined, and just as passionate as ever.

Unlike his counterpart from Game of Thrones, Contreras isn’t that young. However, he was a mere babe amongst veteran catchers his first couple seasons, as David Ross, Miguel Montero and Alex Avila were always around before their eventual departures.  But, now that they’re all gone, Contreras is the man, and needs to show that the brash confidence he constantly displays is more than just gusto and has some serious substance attached as well. We all know what he is capable of, and we are held in awe when he is on fire.  Sounds a lot like the cute little girl from Bear Island who leads her family and island since the Red Wedding.

Lyanna Mormont quickly became a fan favorite on Game of Thrones  due to her youthful energy, quick wit, passionate dialogue, and decisive action.  Smaller and younger than most of the men around her, she didn’t make excuses or use that as an impediment, instead showing the gravitas of a character many years her elder.

Pledging her loyalty and fealty to the King in the North, Lady Mormont has become an integral piece in the core leadership in the North since “The Battle of the Bastards.”  One can only hope that both Lady Mormont and Contreras are able to be key players and leaders in the fight for the crown.

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