The 2015 season was a remarkable one for the reborn Chicago Cubs, and a very enjoyable one for their fans. There were many moments throughout the season that made us cheer, but these are the 15 that we felt were among the absolute best.
14. David Ross pitching
David Ross actually pitched twice in 2015, and both times he recorded a scoreless inning, besting John Baker‘s efforts in 2014. Chris Denorfia also pitched an out, but two full innings of shutout ball by the crafty veteran trumps that. Not to mention homering as a “pitcher” (Ross had none as a catcher)!
13. Jon Lester‘s glove toss
We know Lester’s had his issues keeping baserunners honest, and like many pitchers, has issues doing anything that doesn’t involve pitching. But kudos to his improvisation here!
12. Castro mimicking Bryant
He’s taking his comedy to New York now after the trade, but Starlin Castro was a beloved part of this Cubs team even during his slumps as he copies Kris Bryant‘s throwing motion to confuse Anthony Rizzo.
11. Rizzo “magic steal”
It’s magic! MAGIC!
10. Rizzo’s tarp catch
Yeah, this was one of the better catches we’ve seen the entire season.
9. Bryant hitting the video board
I think he actually hit it at least twice this year.
8. Kris Bryant’s first homer
He hasn’t homered in three weeks since being called up! What a bust! Oh wait…he ended up doing ok.
7. Castro “bucket head walk off”
Even in his mega-slump, Castro delivered in the clutch.
6. Bryant walk off with Strop running with him
This is as close as Pedro Strop will ever get to a home run trot, so of course he had to take advantage of the situation.
5. Schwarber’s HR landing on the scoreboard
Kyle Schwarber is a strong fellow. Those new video boards are not just pissing off the rooftops, but the ball hawks too.
4. Bryant’s walk off against Colorado
The season almost ended a couple days earlier when the Cubs were no-hit, but they turned it around in a hurry.
3. Baez HR off Lackey in NLDS
2. NLDS Clincher
Hector Rondon, power closer.
1. Arrieta no hitter
Jake Arrieta struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to secure his first career no-hitter. Domination.
What do you think of our list? Would you put them in a different order? Take one out for another?