Even World Series MVP's have travel headaches.
Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist was a late scratch from Tuesday night's lineup because of a rental car mix-up in Nashville, according to ESPN's Jesse Rogers and WSCR's Mark Grote.
Ian Happ will start in Ben Zobrist's place on Tuesday night as the latter player is experiencing travel issues... https://t.co/Z9AXFnwFB3— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) August 22, 2017
So Ian Happ had to fill in. When the Cubs' glue guy finally did show up, though, he made his presence felt immediately by smacking a pinch-hit, two-run double to give the North Siders an 8-6 lead:
Zobrist finished with three RBIs off the bench, but this story is truly great because of the Twitter reaction it inspired:
Ben Zobrist at the airport. pic.twitter.com/efwbC8ia8A— Videogamelover58 (@Videogamesteve5) August 22, 2017
Hello boys, I'm baaaaaaack pic.twitter.com/INsqTxPGYO— Dubya (@Cobbles69) August 23, 2017
So think about that next time you're on the cusp of complaining about traffic, Metra or the CTA.
Look out, Kris Bryant: Anthony Rizzo might be coming for you.
After Bryant suffered a left hand contusion in the top of the eighth inning during Tuesday's 13-9 win over Cincinnati, Joe Maddon shuffled his infield by moving Rizzo from first to third base for the first time in his career to replace the reigning NL MVP and it didn't take long for the Cubs to take advantage of the rare occurence on social media:
Pretty amazing that in one season he's been dubbed the greatest leadoff hitter of all-time and best third baseman ever.
Here's another cool fact:
#Cubs Anthony Rizzo is the first left handed thrower to play first, second, and third in the same season since Hal Chase in 1908.— Jeremy Frank (@MLBRandomStats) August 23, 2017
Earlier this season, Rizzo became second-base eligible in ESPN and CBS Sports fantasy leagues because of a weird rule that allows him to switch positions with how the Cubs defend certain bunt situations.
At this rate, he may become eligible for every infield position. Next up, shortstop?