It has been said that not everyone can be doctors and lawyers. If they were, civilization would fall apart. The same is true of a Major League Baseball team. Not everyone can be an all-star guy that hits 30 homers and drives in 100 runs every year. There are smaller roles that are just as crucial to the way the team works as that big gun is. For the Chicago Cubs one of the guys who have filled roles this year part-time is Ryan Sweeney. On Sunday though he put on the big gun shoes for at least one day and drove in six runs against the Houston Astros.
I love when stuff like this happens. Sweeney had only seven RBI going into Sunday’s game and came up with six in one day. How cool is that? There wasn’t a grand slam either, these were not cheap one swing RBI, not that there is anything wrong with that kind. One RBI came on a ground out that Sweeney correctly directed to the right side of the infield. That’s textbook station to station baseball executed to perfection. One of the RBI came on a single to the gap that Sweeney hustled into a double.
This was just a great all around performance for Sweeney and it showed us for at least one game that he is capable of driving in the big runs as well. Who knows, he might go on a streak where he drives in a run every day. He does have 8 of his 13 RBI coming in the last several games now so it is possible. The Cubs being the kind of team they are, opportunity shows itself all over the place. Sweeney probably will continue to be in a roll-filling situation most of the season. Wouldn’t it be awesome however, if he became more than that? I think so.