Chicago Cubs fans have had a blast watching Patrick Wisdom lately. The 29-year-old infielder had spent the last two years with the Cubs organization, but up until a few weeks ago only had two career at-bats with Chicago (both last season) and 88 plate appearances total in his MLB career. After getting the call to fill in for injured players, Wisdom has flourished.
Who would have thought Wisdom would be the most talked-about Cub recently…and in a good way. Seven home runs in his first 13 games, including several multi-homer games for someone who had four career homers in his career before this year is pretty remarkable. People know this will not last, but enjoy him while he is hot at the dish.
This is not really the first time this kind of thing has happened. The Cubs had been treated to seeing other random players that are not household names have stretches similar to this. They all followed a similar formula:
Brought in either on a cheap or MiLB deals, fill in a hole on the roster whether by necessity or just to be a stop-gap, get really hot for weeks or months at a time, eventually cool off and fade away.
Let’s take a look at some others.