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Brett Eldredge celebrates Cubs World Series with family at Progressive Field

Brett Eldredge celebrates Cubs World Series with family at Progressive Field

So just how big of a Cubs fan is country singer Brett Eldredge?

In late June he was a special guest at Wrigley Field, not only to throw out the ceremonial first pitch but also to debut the music video for "Wanna Be That Song," which was filmed at the Friendly Confines. Eldredge, a Chicago native, attended Cubs games as a kid and called shooting the music video "the most magical experience."

He also did a duet with Anthony Rizzo in June while wearing a Grandpa Rossy t-shirt.

So a die-hard Cubs fan with the means to get to Cleveland could have only been one place last night, right?

Eldredge, his father and brother were all in attendance at Game 7 of the World Series between the Cubs and Indians, and CSN had exclusive video of him watching the final out with his family.

And when Michael Martinez grounded out to Kris Bryant in the bottom of the 10th, Eldredge's reaction was similar to millions of Cubs' fans around the world.

"This is for my whole family. For all the Cubs fans in the world!" he said. "For my grandparents, for everybody's grandparents, this is the best feeling in the world. For Chicago, for so many people, such a hard-working team. Unbelievable.

"The roller coaster ride, the change of emotions, the reset of the emotions, and everybody was set even. We came back and got those big hits that got two runs, and I need a vacation after this. This is crazy. It's gonna be a big night in Chicago and right here in Cleveland.

"The curse is broken, baby. The curse is broken."

Eldredge even missed Wednesday night's Country Music Awards to be in attendance for Game 7.

Good call, Brett. Good call.

Javy Baez should be the frontrunner for NL MVP heading into the All-Star Break

Javy Baez should be the frontrunner for NL MVP heading into the All-Star Break

If the season ended today, Javy Baez may be your National League MVP.

Of course, the season isn't ending today, only the first half of the 2018 campaign is.

He flashed his skills again over the weekend — scoring the game-winning run Friday, posting a 5-RBI game Saturday and then drove in the Cubs' first run in their 7-4 victory Sunday to close out a sweep of the Padres.

Entering the All-Star Break, Baez should be the frontrunner for Most Valuable Player.

For starters, he's the best player on the best team in the league.

Thanks to a recent hot surge by the Cubs and an ugly weekend for the Brewers (who have lost 6 straight), Baez and Co. will go into the break with the best record in the NL. 

Baez, meanwhile, leads the Cubs in WAR and nearly every offensive category — OPS, slugging percentage, homers, RBI, runs scored, doubles, triples, total bases, stolen bases and hits.

And that's not even saying anything about his glovework at any position on the infield or dynamic baserunning.

He's on pace to become the first Cubs player to drive in 125 runs since Sammy Sosa in 2001.

Baez also is on track for a 30-30 season — something only Sosa accomplished in a Cubs uniform in 1993 and 1995. 

El Mago will enjoy his week in the Home Run Derby and as the NL's starting second baseman in the All-Star Game, but those shouldn't be the end of his accolades this year if he can find a way to keep this pace up in the second half.

What other NL candidate would be a better choice for the MVP right now?

Baez is tied for the league lead in RBI. Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar is just behind Baez with 70 RBI, but he also has 70 fewer at-bats than the Cubs star due to a platoon to begin the year. 

Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett are also having great years, but the Reds are nowhere close to a playoff spot. 

Nolan Arenado, Freddie Freeman and Paul Goldschmidt are also having very good seasons on teams that are currently in the playoff hunt, but how do you deny the best player on the league's best team?

After all, where would the Cubs be without Baez this season? 

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have battled through injuries and bouts of ineffectiveness, the pitching staff has had all kinds of consistency/health woes and Willson Contreras has yet to find his power stroke at the plate.

At the very least, "El Mago" has been the most important player on the North Side of Chicago during the first 3.5 months of 2018.

Nico Hoerner makes great catch in first game with South Bend

Nico Hoerner makes great catch in first game with South Bend

Cubs first-round pick Nico Hoerner made his debut with the Class-A South Bend Cubs, and he did not disappoint.

The 23-year old shortstop showed off impressive hops during an acrobatic grab in the topf of the second inning in his first game with the South Bend Cubs. Hoerner will surely be an exciting defensive prospect with ability like this.

As far as offense goes, through four at-bats at South Bend, Hoerner is batting .500, and this comes after he hit .318 with a home run and two RBI through seven games with the Eugene Emeralds, the Cubs Class A short-season affiliate.

Here is to hoping we continue to see big-time plays from Hoerner.