a blog by La Kifo
Yeah, I know. The Cubs just won the World Series, but really was ruined for me almost entirely in part due to Jason Heyward, might as well add in a -Bey.
Heyward, was a pretty well touted prospect that came out of the Atlanta Braves system. Coincidentally, Heywards rise to start-dom, coincided with the Braves final real attempt at a postseason run with an aging Chipper Jones.
2012 must have left a poor taste in his mouth, because after the Braves lost in the Wildcard play-in game, they made one step closer to nothing, losing in the NLDS to the Dodgers, only claiming one in the best of five set.
2013, was nothing for the Braves, they were under .500 and Heyward was probably fuming. The following year was worse, and following that season Jason was finished with the franchise. The Braves traded him not short after the World Series ended, to the St. Louis Cardinals, where the real ring chasing began.
I don't know if I am allowed to use pictures of MLB shit, I know you can't post their videos, but pictures we'll give a try.
Heyward had a career year in St. Louis. He posted career highs in batting average, on base percentage, and slugging, percentage. Yet, what happened to the team? The Cardinals lost 3-1, in the National League Divisional series. To whom did they lose to? The Chicago Cubs. Another scathing defeat in the divisional series for Heyward. Following the lose, he became a free agent. Refusing to re-sign with the wonderful organization that gave so much up for him in the trade, he signs with the very team the beat him in the divisional series. The up and coming Chicago Bears.
What do you know? The Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Jason Heyward had nearly nothing to do with game 7, the only game that matters. It's like a fourth quarter if it were a little less intense. If you watched the game, the entire game, until the end. You may have seen Jason Heywards at bat in the top of the 10th inning with the bases loaded and one out.
If you didn't, go find some recap or highlight or vine or some fucking video that shows you what happened. But the man who signed a 8-year $184 million deal with Chicago, came to the plate after his team had regained the lead following a medium rain delay. The situation was one out, bases loaded. So $23 million a year over the span of 8 got the Cubs three swings balls that nearly hit the batter off a bounce. I think the second strike was a ball almost a foot inside, that Heyward put a swing on as if it was middle in right over the plate. The final strike was a ball so far inside Heyward contorted his legs inward, looking as if he was moving his legs away from the ball that was coming at them so he could swing his bat it.
He struck out with bases loaded, one out, world series, leading by 2 in the top of the 10th. He struck out on pitches a little leaguer wouldn't swing at. If I was a lefty, and saw those exact pitches at any point in my baseball career, I would have worn them for a free base 70% of the time every time.
The guy chases rings, what else can I tell ya. He made a big time moral boasting gathering happen during the rain delay, and really just put the game on the rest of the teams shoulders. He's done it before and he will continue to.
The Cubs won the World Series and the ring chasing equivalent of Ray Allen just got his first. I don't know if I should hate or respeck you Jason Heyward.
The question stands, Can we officially call Jason Heyward a ring chaser?
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