Prepare yourself for the Cubs' postseason run with these 2016 season superlatives
It's almost time for the postseason! As teams punch their tickets to the October party, we're taking a look back at their seasons -- giving away some Season Superlatives and also offering you a chance to learn which member of the team you actually are.
Hey, did you know the Cubs are pretty good this year? Pretty good, as in they clinched the NL Central in mid-September and boast the best record in baseball. Pretty good, as in, very, very good.
So good, actually, that the entire team is worthy of a superlative of some sort -- including Most Likely To Embrace His Whimsy. But in honor of the Cubs' season, we're awarding these three in particular:
Most impressive individual game performance
What else could it be? Less than a year after blanking the Dodgers, Jake Arrieta threw 2016's only no-hitter, walking four and striking out six in the Cubs' 13-0 win over the Reds. Someone should've told Chicago's batters that they didn't need to give Arrieta quite that much run support.
Most amazing defensive play
Judging solely by the reactions and photoshops it inspired, when Anthony Rizzo literally jumped onto the Wrigley Field wall to catch a foul ball, he made the Cubs' most memorable defensive play of the year.
Most joyous celebration
The Cubs' 12-inning walk-off win over the Mariners on July 31 featured a pitcher making a Statcast™-worthy catch in left field and another pitcher providing the pinch-hit squeeze bunt that won the game. In other words, it was a wild one, and the Cubs celebrated as such:
An honorable mention goes to Miguel Montero's glacial home run trot -- the slowest of the season -- because sometimes, you just want to savor the moment.
Clearly, the Cubs lived up to Joe Maddon's slogan for the season. But before they bring it into the postseason, there's one final thing you have to do: Find out which Cubs player you are.