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The Cubs are taking the nation by storm on latest SI cover

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The Cubs are taking the nation by storm on latest SI cover

The Cubs are coming.

A couple spring trainings ago, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said young players were repeating that mantra as they worked out and went on a team hike in Arizona.

With September less than a week away, it's safe to say the Cubs are, in fact, HERE.

[RELATED - The time is coming for Javier Baez with the Cubs]

Following Kris Bryant's walk-off Monday night (the Cubs' fifth straight win), Sports Illustrated pinned the rookie and his teammates on the regional cover:

 

 

First off, let's just hope Wrigleyville being renamed "Winnerville" isn't a thing that catches on.

But this SI cover is an exciting, watershed-type moment that depicts how the young Cubs are taking the baseball world by storm.

Entering play Tuesday, the Cubs have the fourth best record in the game (and the fifth best team - the Toronto Blue Jays - are 3.5 games behind them).

[SHOP: Gear up, Cubs fans!]

The Cubs are the hottest team in baseball, with a 20-4 record since July 29. And they're 6.5 games up on the second wild card in the National League.

But, of course, they're still only third in their own division, in part because the Cardinals appear invincible, as SI indicated on last week's cover, depicting the Redbirds as an unkillable beast:

 

There's still six weeks of baseball left to play, but the Cubs need only go 18-21 the rest of the way to get to 90 wins, which would have been good enough for a playoff spot in the National League each of the last four seasons.

Now, if only everybody on the Cubs ran around the bases like Pedro Strop...

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.

Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.

At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.

This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.

Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.

David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here: