The hardware keeps pouring in for the Cubs.
After snapping their 108-year championship drought with a World Series win last fall, the Cubs earned another title Wednesday, honored with the Best Team Award at the Sports Business Journal Awards.
Tom Ricketts takes the stage to accept Team of the Year award to "Go Cubs Go." #sbjawards— Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) May 25, 2017
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Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts also got to celebrate an individual win Wednesday, named the Sports Executive of the Year.
Tom Ricketts wins again - Sports Executive of the Year. Huge night for the Cubs and MLB broadly. #SBJAwards— Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) May 25, 2017
The Cubs weren't the only Chicago team to go home with some hardware, though. The Bulls were honored as the Best in Social Media.
A cool night for two of Chicago's pro teams.
The San Francisco Giants again seem to be bringing out the best in the Cubs, or least maybe sharpening their game and shaking off the World Series hangover.
This isn’t as urgent as last year’s playoff series. It’s too early to tell if it will have the same impact as that four-game sweep in August 2015. And more than 25 percent into the season, the 2017 team has already gone through several stops and starts.
But the Cubs looked a little more like themselves on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, hanging on for a 5-4 win in front of 35,617 and validating the internal belief that this would only be a matter of time.
Kyle Hendricks again looked like a No. 2 starter in a playoff rotation, following up Jon Lester’s complete game with seven strong innings, limiting the Giants to two runs and giving him a 1.96 ERA in his last six outings.
Anthony Rizzo launched two home runs off Giant lefty Matt Moore, slamming balls off the video ribbon in right field and into the center-field bleachers. When Rizzo gets hot – that’s four homers in his last four games – the entire lineup can feel different.
Wade Davis showed he’s not a ninth-inning cyborg when Mac Williamson won a 12-pitch at-bat and lifted a two-run homer into the right-field basket. Until that ball flew over Jason Heyward’s head, Davis hadn’t allowed an earned run through 18 appearances in a Cubs uniform or a homer since September 2015. Davis (10-for-10 in save chances) is still the kind of dominant closer the Giants needed last October.
The Cubs are now 24-21 and a half-game behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. Eddie Butler will try to win the series on Thursday afternoon and prove he belongs in the rotation long term, going up against ex-Cub Jeff Samardzija (1-5, 4.57 ERA) and a Giant team (20-28) that’s gaining no traction in the National League West.