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Viral Cubs fan Kolt Kyler visits Wrigley Field for first time

Viral Cubs fan Kolt Kyler visits Wrigley Field for first time

The day finally came for Kolt Kyler.

The 9-year-old Cubs fan from Indiana – who went viral in April after his dad, Andy, surprised him with a pair of Cubs tickets for all his hard work – visited Wrigley Field for the first time on Saturday.

When Cubs players got whiff of the video, which was tweeted by Kolt’s sister’s Hannah, Anthony Rizzo offered him passes to watch batting practice while Jon Lester upgraded his seats behind home plate. That happened, and more, on Saturday against the division rival St. Louis Cardinals.

Andy joked that Kolt hasn’t stopped smiling since receiving his original Cubs tickets.

“I got almost emotional when we walked in,” Andy said. “I started thinking about my first game and what I felt, and what he’s feeling, and how much it’s going to mean to him and does mean to him. I’m so excited I can’t even talk.”

From watching batting practice from the field, to meeting a handful of Cubs players, to touching the ivy, and even helping the grounds crew water down the infield dirt, Andy said he couldn’t be more grateful for how the Cubs have treated them.

“They’ve gone over the top, over the top,” Andy said. “Just interacting with the boys was more than they ever needed to do, then hooking us up with something like this? I never expected anything and all of this is humbling.”

Be sure to tune in to CSN on Monday for the re-air of Part 1 and Tuesday for an all-new Part 2 feature of Kolt and his family’s North Side visit.

In the meantime, check out some of the best photos and videos from Kolt's memorable day below:

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.