Today’s Cubs Birthdays (January 4)
~Ted Lilly 1976 (Pitcher, Cubs 2007-2010)
Ted Lilly was a fan favorite during his time with the Cubs. His full name is Theodore Roosevelt Lilly, and yes he was named after the president. Although he didn’t really walk softly and carry a big stick. He was simply a reliable pitcher, something all too rare on the North Side of Chicago. (Photo: 2009 Upper Deck Baseball Card)
~Al Bridwell 1884 (Shortstop, Cubs 1913)
Al played very briefly for the Cubs, but he had a long career with the Giants before that, and was involved in the most controversial moment in Giants & Cubs history. Bridwell hit the ball that led to the famous Merkle boner.
~Alex Metzler 1903 (Outfieler, Cubs 1925)
He was just a 22-year-old kid with the Cubs when he got some playing time at the end of the 1925 season, but he really blossomed after he left the team. In 1927 he was the best defensive centerfielder in the league for the Chicago White Sox.
~Kris Bryant 1992 (Cubs 2015-present)
After being drafted #2 overall, and leading the minor leagues in home runs, the third baseman arrived in Chicago in April as one of the most hyped rookies in history. He clearly lived up to the hype, hitting 26 homers, driving in 99 runs, and winning the Rookie of the Year award. In 2016 he was simply the best player in the National League. He led the Cubs to the World Series, and even recorded the final out. It is a moment that will be remembered as the greatest moment in Cubs history. That smile on his face tells the story. He followed that up with an MVP award. Bryant is arguably the best Cubs player in a generation.
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) November 3, 2016