Chicago Cubs: Ranking the top 10 home runs of the decade
Chicago Cubs: “GRAND SLAM MONTERO! Game one hero!”
So our number one selection is the game-winning grand slam by veteran catcher Miguel Montero in Game 1 of the 2016 NLCS. Why this blast? Well here is the justification.
This home run set the tone for the series. When Chicago lost a late 3-1 lead in the eighth inning, it felt like another “Here we go again,” moment for fans. While the Cubs were favored in this series, the Dodgers were certainly talented enough to go far in 2016. The last NLCS game win the Cubs recorded was Game 4 in Miami back in 2003. While it was just the first game, a lot rode on it.
So back to the game itself. Bottom of the eighth, the Cubs were trying to take the lead back with the game tied at three. Ben Zobrist began the frame with a double and the Cubs eventually loaded the bags. Montero came in to pinch hit facing veteran Joe Blanton. It looked like a potential failed inning when Montero was behind 0-2. That all changed when Blanton threw an 0-2 breaking ball over the heart of the plate and little spin.
Wrigley Field was up for grabs as the ball sailed deep into the right field bleachers. The place even began to shake. It was probably one of the loudest moments in the 100+ year old history of the ballpark and for good reason. If the Cubs do not win this game, they lose to the Dodgers and the drought continues.
That is our top-10 list of Cubs home runs this decade. There are certainly others that are worthy of being on the list. What is yours?