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Chicago Cubs, Kris Bryant Is Up For Some ESPYS



Chicago Cubs, Kris Bryant Is Up For Some ESPYS

The 25th annual ESPYS are less than a month away. This year’s show could be filled with plenty of Cubs love as the team and Kris Bryant are each up for a couple of awards.  Voting is already underway, and fans can vote all the way up to their live broadcast on July 12th. Kris Bryant is up for Best Male Athlete and Best MLB Player, while the team is up for Best Team and Best Game.

Best Team

The 2016 Chicago Cubs were arguably one of the greatest teams in baseball of all-time. Last season, the Cubs snapped their 108-year World Series drought which was the longest streak of its kind. From April to November, the ballclub rarely experienced any bumps along their journey to the playoffs.

After losing in the National League Championship, the Chicago Cubs were ready to get back there and making to the World Series in 2016 for the first time since 1945. Cubs went 8-1 to open the sea

Cubs went 8-1 to open the season, the best start since 1869. In Just the third game, Cubs lost Kyle Schwarber to an ACL/LCL injury in his left knee. That didn’t stop the Cubs. They dominated the month of April, finishing off with the best record in baseball at 17-5. Jake Arrieta was named National League Player of the Month with the help of his second career no-hitter.

In May, the Cubs dealt with injuries every now and then but kept their cool as they went 18-10.

The Cubs entered June with the best run-differential and the best record in baseball (35-15). Early All-Star Game voting had 5 Cubs starting. Kris Bryant. Jon Lester cruised through the month pitching 44.2 innings across six starts, going 4-0 with a 1.41 ERA, 44 strikeouts, and a complete game.

Despite going into as the best team in all of baseball, the Cubs hit a rough patch. The Cubs started out the month getting swept by the Mets and ended up going 12-14 in July. How did they bounce back? The went 22-6 in August, then 17-10 in September, and split two games October to wrap up the season.

Best Game

The Cubs are up against the Patriots/Falcons Super Bowl and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open Final for the ESPYS Best Game of the Year. Although those moments where both battles to the finish, the Chicago Cubs/Cleveland Indian’s Game 7 was an emotion-filled event that would change the history of both organizations.

The Chicago Cubs were making the first World Series appearance since 1945 and were a game away from ending their 108-year World Series drought. The Indians had a drought of their own. They were hoping to win their first championship since 1948. Both were the longest streaks without winning a championship in baseball.

The Cubs kicked things off with a leadoff home run by Dexter Fowler giving them the early lead. Carlos Santana answered back in the third with a RBI single to tie things up.

The Cubs would then follow up by scoring in the fourth, fifth and sixth and leading the Indians 6-3.

The six-inning runs came from a deep fly ball to center field by David Ross. Ross’ home run made him the oldest to homer in a World Series.

The game looked all but over until the bottom of the eighth inning. Brandon Guyer drove in a run on a single and then Rajai Davis hit game-tying home run off of Aroldis Chapman.

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The game went to extras. Ben Zobrist would have the game-winning hit Brian Shaw. It was a double that drove in Albert Almora and moved Rizzo to third. Montero would later drive in Rizzo on a hard groundball single.

After two quick outs, Carl Edward Jr. walked Brandon Guyer. Guyer quickly was in scoring position after a defensive indifference. Rajai Davis then smacked a sharp single to center to make it a one-run game. Edwards was pulled, Mike Montgomery entered. On his second pitch, Michael Martinez grounds out softly to Bryant, making them World Series champions.

Best Male Athlete and Best MLB Player

Kris Bryant had a historical season in 2016 and racked a handful of awards including an MVP and a World Series ring. After making the All-Star game and winning Rookie of the Year in 2015, Bryant wanted to continue the trend for 2016.

During April 2016, Bryant’s teammate, Jake Arrieta tossed a no-hitter while his offense was on fire. The Cubs put up 16 runs while Arrieta and the Cubs surrendered no runs. Kris went 4 for 6 while hitting two home runs, scoring four runs and driving in six runs. Kris Bryant and the Cubs cruised through April, May, and June leading the NL Central by 7 games with a 53-35 record. Through the first half of the season, Bryant hit .266/.384/.578, hit 21 doubles and an NL-leading 25 home runs, drove in 65 runs and scored 73 runs. Bryant joined a handful of his teammates at the All-Star game in San Diego.

He smacked a first-inning off former Chicago White Sox ace, Chris Sale, his first All-Star game home run.

Not only the Cubs had an impressive August but so did Kris. Kris batted .383/.472/.748/1.220 which included a whopping 41 hits (7 doubles, 1 triple, 10 home runs) and 29 runs. He cruised over the next month, right into the playoffs and ended with some MVP-caliber stats.

Kris Bryant played 155 games during the 2016 regular season and improved in nearly all stat categories. Bryant led the league in Runs (121), War (7.7), was third in home runs (39) and total bases (335), fourth slugging % (.55) and OPS (.939). His batting average rose from .275 (the previous season) to .292 and he drove in 102 runs.

Bryant hit .308 with 1 home run and 8 runs batted in during the 2016 postseason.

His success got him an NL MVP and a Hank Aaron Award.

Vote and Watch

Time to bring home these awards like Bryant and the Cubs brought home the World Series Trophy 8 months prior.

This year’s ESPYS will be hosted by Peyton Manning at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on July 1