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Cubs Reliever Pedro Strop Took Anthony Rizzo Deep At Wrigley Field

If you’re a Cubs fan, I’m sure you’d much rather still be watching Anthony Rizzo getting in the batter’s box against Justin Verlander and Pedro Strop still toeing the rubber against Jose Altuve, but shit happens. It’s really fucking hard to repeat as champions in baseball and World Series hangovers are not a myth.

Yes, it’s depressing to see your team in an empty Wrigley Field that could be jam packed for Game 1 of the World Series tonight, but I think we can all acknowledge that the Dodgers were the better team, and that the Cubs will be back next year as, once again, one of the best teams in the National League. That’s pretty much a guarantee.

All that being said, this was pretty great. Drawing an assumption from the video’s caption, it sounds like Rizzo was chirping Strop all year that he could strike him out. The end result? YABOOOOO! And if you’re one of those fans who got upset because this was the morning after the Cubs had been eliminated by the Dodgers, let it go, dog.

Stop sulking and enjoy a pretty cool moment when a reliever takes a guy DEEP, especially when that guy also has the third most home runs in the National League since 2014. Not to rub salt in the wounds, but the Cubs could’ve used offensive production like this in October, as they were bumped from postseason contention as the worst-hitting team out of all ten playoff teams in batting average (.168) and OPS (.530).

Maybe next year, Genius Joe will consider using Strop as a pinch hitter in the late innings. For what it’s worth, Strop is 0-for-2 at the dish as a major leaguer, but if you give this dude 100 plate appearances, he’s parking at least eight. That’s just a fact.