Chicago Cubs: Seeing how former players fared this postseason
A lot of mixed emotions were felt by Chicago Cubs fans this October seeing their former heroes play for a championship in another uniform. 2021 was the first time in the careers of Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Jorge Soler in which they played postseason baseball in non-Cubs uniforms.
Outside of Javier Baez, the departed core members of the 2016 Cubs were at least part of a postseason-bound team in 2021. Five key 2016 players (Rizzo, Bryant, Schwarber, Soler, Tommy LaStella) got postseason playing time, while the likes of Jon Lester and Aroldis Chapman were on postseason teams but did not play. Other key former Cubs (not on the World Series team) including Joc Pederson, Craig Kimbrel and Ryan Tepera played in the postseason this year as well.
It is also worth noting that former Cubs manager Dusty Baker (2003-2006) managed the American League champion Houston Astros – once again falling short in his longstanding quest to win a World Series.
So how did all these guys fare under the lights of October in 2021? We break it down here.