With one month in the books, we thought we’d take a look at some of our favorite numbers good and bad from the first month of the season.
Hau’oli Kikaha Kids Jersey It hardly seems possible that a guy hitting .420 with a 1.385 OPS, 11 homers and 29 RBIs could be overlooked, but Ryan Zimmerman has been overlooked through the first month of the season. Zimmerman isn’t the only Nationals player producing at an All-Star level (hi, Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy and Max Scherzer!), which means he kind of gets lost in the shuffle. That’s a shame, because his bounce-back story is impressive. His past three seasons have been a washout of injuries and struggles he averaged only 90 games a year and produced a minus-1.1 WAR in 2016 and it wasn’t crazy to wonder whether, at 32 years old, his time with the franchise was nearing an end. Um, nope.
And we have to mention Jason Heyward here, too. He was awful at the plate in 2016, his first after signing a deal for $184 million with the Cubs. Heyward isn’t closer to matching Zimmerman, but he’s hitting .279 with a .747 OPS and has 16 RBIs in 23 games. That’s much better than the .230/.306/.325 slash line he put up last season (and that doesn’t count batting .104 in 16 postseason games). Will he keep it up? We’ll find out.
Game Youth Christian Covington Jersey Standing before the Cubs, Obama delivered several kind of hilarious jokes. Here are some of the highlights:
It took you long enough. I’ve only got four days left.
David Ross and I have something in common: We’ve both been in a year-long retirement party.
None of this would have happened without the extraordinary contributions of (Cubs owner) Tom Ricketts and his family. Tom met his wife, Cece, in the bleachers at Wrigley about 30 years ago, which is about 30 years longer than most relationships that begin there last.