In last night's game #7 World Series game (an all-time classic), the Cubs went up 5-1, only to see the Cleveland Indians pull off an improbable rally to tie the game at 6-6. Then, just before extra innings, the weather nearly turned disastrously for both teams, when rain forced a delay in the game. While the delay only lasted 17 minutes, it still meant players, particularly pitchers, would cool off while waiting for the rain to pass.
Surprisingly, Cubs players said the rain delay actually helped. During the delay, struggling star outfielder Jason Heyward, who signed an eight-year, $184 million contract with the Cubs this offseason, called a players-only meeting that rallied the team. When asked about meeting, Heyward told Fox reporters: "I just had to remind them of who they were. I just had to remind everybody who we are. ... Win or lose, we were never worried about that... The beginning of every day, we never worry about wins or losses, we just worry about how we're gonna go out there, have fun, compete, be right there for the guys next to us, and not take the situation for granted."
The leadership Heyward was able to provide at that moment is what his teammates will long remember. They will long forget his struggles this season: the strikeouts, being benched, etc. They will remember when their backs were against the rope and hope was slipping away, one man stepped up to remind them of who they were. They will remember the impact of Jason's leadership in that emotional moment.
When we are going through storms of life or we are on the dark path, don't we all need a Jason Heyward in our life to remind us of who we are?!
Chris & Jenn live in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. They were high school sweethearts, marrying in 2001. They are parents to one son, Luke (born November 1999) and two loving pups: Miley & Elsie.