Luis Robert has accomplished many things this season. Now he can say he took a 13-year big league vet deep.
OK, so that vet was Dioner Navarro, a catcher by trade who pitched the eighth inning in a lopsided Triple-A Charlotte win.
Robert hit two home runs in Charlotte’s 8-2 win against Columbus on Sunday. The Knights hit five home runs in the game and were up big entering the eighth inning so Navarro came in to pitch.
Robert promptly took him DEEP.
Haters will say "yeah, but it's off a position player"— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) August 18, 2019
We'll instead say "OH MY, THIS LUIS ROBERT HOMER TRAVELED 700 FEET" pic.twitter.com/vKJf7XSeTY
Navarro was lobbing in 72 mph pitches and was getting hit hard by every batter. He was throwing batting practice.
The best part about Robert’s bomb is Navarro’s quick head-snap after delivering the pitch and seeing Robert hit it a long way.
Throw in Robert’s home run earlier in the game and the 22-year-old outfielder is up to 11 home runs in 33 games in Triple-A. He has 27 homers on the season between three levels of the minors.
Luis Robert is a freak pic.twitter.com/cERuBUWnHl— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) August 18, 2019
One of the most iconic aspects of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA, is the hill behind center field at Lamade Stadium. Fans bring carboard boxes with them to the ballpark, using them to slide down the hill while Little League games commence on the ball field.
Sunday, the Cubs and Pirates visited Lamade ahead of their Little League Classic matchup later in the day. Several Cubs took the opportunity to fully embrace the experience, taking turns sliding down the famous hill at the ballpark.
Anthony Rizzo and manager Joe Maddon demonstrated some A+ form, while former Cubs catcher and current ESPN broadcaster David Ross' care-free form is amazing.
Joe Maddon and Anthony Rizzo are living their best lives 🛷 pic.twitter.com/5ebFl53JFW— ESPN (@espn) August 18, 2019
Kris Bryant and Cole Hamels also took turns down the hill, and you've gotta love the pure joy on their faces.
The Little League World Series serves as a friendly reminder that baseball is a child's game. While the competitive aspect of MLB part of the game, it's nice to see the Cubs embracing the experience.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream Cubs games easily on your device.