Jake Arrieta takes Madison Bumgarner deep, proclaims himself king of the #PitchersWhoRake
As far as pitchers go,
But his opponent when he stepped into the batter's box during the Cubs' 6-5 loss to the Giants in NLDS Game 3 on Monday was no mere mortal.
But Arrieta doesn't care about any of that. This is October, and he came to mash: He launched a three-run dinger in the second inning to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead, as they looked to advance to their second consecutive NLCS.
At least one fan in the stands was pretty excited: Cubs fan Ed Baum, who came down with the home run ball. Baum is a time-honored "bleacher bum," as he told MLB.com Real-Time Correspondent Andreya Simoneau, and in true Wrigley fashion he always brings his glove to the game. This time, it really paid off: "I was just thinking, 'I'm glad I'm in the right place at the right time,'" Baum said. And don't worry: He returned the ball to Arrieta, in return for plenty of Cubs swag:
See if any more Cubs pitchers will flex their dinger muscles in NLDS Game 4 on Tuesday at 8:40 p.m. ET/5:40 p.m. PT on FS1.