Memories flooded back for former Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis as he returned to Progressive Field on Tuesday. But he wasn’t the only one.
“I’ve already had (Anthony) Rizzo walking me through, ‘I celebrated here, I celebrated here,’" Kipnis said. "I’m like, ‘Thanks, buddy. I get it.'”
Rizzo was of course was talking about the Cubs’ celebration after beating Kipnis and the Indians in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.
For the final out, Rizzo caught the throw to first base from Kris Bryant. Rizzo held both hands in the air and yelled, but his voice was drowned out by the Cubs fans that had packed into Progressive Field. Rizzo pocketed the game ball and ran in to greet his teammates.
The Cubs threw their gloves in the air, jumped, and hugged in one growing mass.
Kipnis said 99 percent of him was “absolutely crushed,” but he was able to look back at the field and have a small part of him think, “at least it’s the Cubs.”
Did any of Kipnis' other new teammates give him grief about that game?
“He’s the only dick on the team,” Kipnis joked.