In case you haven’t been up into the news, Jake Arrieta is having a Cy Young caliber season. Pitching a 2.11 ERA including a 0.54 ERA in the month of August, Arrieta is proving to us all that he is the MLB’s king of pitching. While those stats alone are amazing, Arrieta cemented himself further into greatness tonight after completing his first career no hitter. With twelve strikeouts, including three in the 9th inning, Arrieta broke his own strikeout record on his way to a no hitter. All this while against likely playoff bound rival, Dodgers.
If you asked us before the season who the Cubs' ace would be, we would have said Jon Lester. Little did we know that it would be Jake Arietta, who with his current play is pitching his way to Cy Young candidacy and baseball immortality.
The Friendly Confines greets us from April to September every year. The smell of onion filled hot dogs and freshly trimmed grass remain the same. The ivy covered walls still grow thicker and denser by the day. The iconic rooftop seats are yet to change. For the last hundred plus years, Wrigley Field and the Cubs consistently bring Chicagoans a sense of community. The culture of Wrigley Field is proven unlike any other, as the aging ballpark continues to cement itself deeper into baseball greatness. Tradition has become a way of life for the northsiders. However throughout all timeless rituals, signs of change are noticeably taking shape. While the timeless venue remains much the same, the team it features does not. Gear up Cubs fans, the age old tradition of losing in Chicago is all but over; Chicago better start preparing itself for a deep postseason run.
In this article I would like to compare the Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo to the Hawks’ Jonathan Toews. Both outspoken leaders, both overshadowed by flashier headline makers, and both the beating heart of their respective organizations. These 2 players do the dirty work for their teams while others get all of the credit.