With Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo taking the lead for their respective new teams tonight, Cub fans are painfully reminiscing about the old days.
In 2016, the Chicago Cubs were crowned World Series champions after a seven-game run against the Cleveland Indians. Two of the bright spots for the team were Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber. Over the next four seasons, the two were key to the club’s success and were loved by the entire fan base.
Fast forward to 2021 and neither will be wearing a Cubs uniform to kick off the 2021 MLB playoffs. Instead, Rizzo leads tonight for the New York Yankees, while Schwarber is the lead-off man for the Boston Red Sox and they go head-to-head. That smells like pain to Cubs fans.
Cubs: AL Wild Card game a cool watch
With both first at bats for their new teams, they will make MLB history for being the first pair of former teammates the previous season to start the next postseason against each other.
After nine seasons in Chicago, Rizzo was traded to New York just before this season’s trading deadline. He is sixth in all-time Cubs history with his 242 home runs.
Schwarber signed with the Nationals during the off-season, but was traded to Boston on the deadline. He was the best lead-off hitter in MLB this season with a 1,216 OPS, according to ESPN and his 32 home runs earned him the first All-Star appearance of his career.
To kick off the night, the Yankees will roll out Gerrit Cole who has a 7.64 ERA over his last three starts, according to Elias Sports. The last time Cole and Scwarber met in a Wild Card game was in 2015 when the latter hit a 450-yard homerun against Cole, who was then with the Pirates.
Cubs lovers will hold your beer, you may need it tonight.