“Cubs Win-Cubs Win-Cubs Win”
I can still hear him in my heart, Harry Caray, the Hall of Fame Voice, shouting “Cubs-Win-Cubs Win”.
Of course he’s been gone awhile, and the Cubs didn’t win all that many games of importance while he was barking it out of the WGN booths at Wrigley Field.
But the Cubs did win with the early Monday morning trade to acquire Cuban relief ace Aroldis Chapman, and his 105mph fastball out of the bullpen, from the Yankees.
Chicago has bats, and the Cubs have arms, in the rotation, and now a rocket man coming ut of the pen to save games.
Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, Jason Hammel and John Lackey. That’s a pretty good four man rotation to run out there in the pennant race. Add Kyle Kendrick as a super utilityman, and last year’s 30-save guy Hector Rondon, and that’s alot of talent.
But Chapman is from another galaxy, solar system, with all world heat.
Keep in mind those bats are really something, from Kris Bryant to Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist to Addison Russell, Jason Heyward to Dex Fowler, and the host of catchers they have.
And the Latin American alumni chapter at Wrigley Field is impresive too.
What is most amazing, GM-Jed Hoyer and President Theo Epstien have made deals, and haven’t moved any of the crop of cornerstone young players off the roster.
Aside from the Starlin Castro trade with the Yankees, the Cubs still have Jorge Soler, Javy Baez, Aris Alcantra, Kyle Schwarber, Pedro Stropp and Wil Contreras with the big club. And they still have a sugar-cane truckload of prospects in the system.
They’ve been building for this World Series run for a long, long time. The Curse of the Billy Goat covers lots of years.
Now they have a pitcher with a lightning bolt arm as a closer.
More now than ever, fans at the end of games can shout “Cubs Win-Cubs Win-Cubs Win” and have it really mean somthing. Harry Caray would love that.