MILWAUKEE — It was a familiar scene in the visiting clubhouse at Miller Park Saturday night: The Cubs bumping music music so loud a staffer had to serve as a makeshift DJ and continually turn it down during media scrums.
It's only been a little over a week, but it feels like it's been a month since the Cubs last celebrated a victory and gave their fans the opportunity to fly the W flag.
Yes, it's only April 6. But it was evident this was more than just another win for the Cubs, as they made sure to take it in and exhale while Lil Wayne blasted all around them.
There was Anthony Rizzo hopping in on Jason Heyward's postgame scrum to comment on the outfielder's physique (and Victor Caratini also making a cameo with a selfie):
There was Joe Maddon quoting Larry Bowa: "We needed [the win] like oxygen."
Hell, the Cubs even made sure to enjoy it in-game, as Rizzo and Javy Baez couldn't resist having some fun on the basepaths:
Caption this. pic.twitter.com/vlDcuJAzzn— Cubs Talk (@NBCSCubs) April 7, 2019
Sure, the bullpen still needs to get right after Allen Webster and Randy Rosario each gave up a 3-run homer while trying to preserve a huge lead.
Yes, the defense still needs to be cleaned up — with a new modern-day baseball record of a third straight game with a catcher's interference.
But the Cubs had a lot to be happy about Saturday night, mostly the winning equation of a quality outing from a starter mixed with a relentless offense.
The Cubs drew 9 walks, hit 4 homers (including Heyward's first multi-homer game in a Cubs uniform) and scored multiple runs in four separate innings. The 14 runs were the most the Cubs have ever scored at Miller Park and Heyward put together one of the rarest games in MLB history:
Per Play Index, Jason Heyward is the first Cubs player on record with 2 walks, 2 steals and 2 homers in a game.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) April 7, 2019
Then there's Cole Hamels notching only the Cubs' third quality start of the season, and the first performance by a starter without a walk in 2019.
This was one of the reasons the Cubs picked up Hamels' $20 million option in the offseason, as he turned in a gutsy performance and battled through 111 pitches to save the bullpen and throw up zeros in shutdown innings when the team needed it.
He also lent perspective on how the Cubs are going to handle their first win in 9 days:
"I think we just kinda have fun with it," Hamels said. "I know we're gonna win a lot of ballgames. We're gonna lose some games. It's a matter of just kinda having fun with it.
"We're back on the winning train right now with a 1-game streak. We're gonna come in tomorrow and have fun with it. Obviously blare some music a little bit louder and get ready for what we have to do out there on the field."