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Christopher Morel joins Sammy Sosa in Cubs record books

11 months agoAndy Martinez

As he wrapped up his postgame scrum with local media following another historic night, Christopher Morel was as kind and energetic as he always was.

“See you guys tomorrow,” Morel said with a smile from ear to ear.

A couple of feet away, Justin Steele started laughing.

“He knows he’s gonna homer tomorrow, that’s why [he said that],” Steele quipped.

When you’re homering at a historic pace, who could blame you?

Morel homered again on Tuesday night against the Mets, his 9th of the season and his fifth-straight game going deep. He is the first Cub to homer in 5 consecutive games since Sammy Sosa did so from June 3-8, 1998, his MVP season where he hit 66 home runs.

“That’s good company,” manager David Ross said.

While that’s special company for Cubs fans, it can’t be entirely appreciated by Morel.

“1998? I wasn’t born,” Morel said with a smile. “I was born in ’99.”

Still, his teammates know how crazy of a run this is.

“Has anybody [seen a guy this hot]?” Drew Smyly said. “I don’t really know what else you can say about Morel. He’s just electric. Right now, he’s seeing the ball and we’re excited to have him in the lineup every day and watch him do his thing.”

There’s definitely a little “what if?” with Morel’s hot start. How different would the Cubs have looked had he been on the team since Opening Day?

“Certainly, you can look at it and say, ‘Boy I wish we had those home runs from Iowa here’ or you could say the reason he hit the home runs here is because he got on a roll in Iowa getting confident and playing every day,” president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer said pregame. “And we didn’t want to bring him up to not play every day. I think with both [Matt] Mervis and with Morel, I think you can look at it that way, but I also think letting these guys play every day in Iowa, getting on a roll I think certainly helped them.”

Regardless, Morel started the year in Triple-A on a tear, has carried it over to the big leagues and been on a historic run. But he still ponders a “what if?” with him, too.

“Like [three] days in Houston, I got 8 strikeouts,” Morel said referencing the series where he was 5-for-14 (.357) with 2 home runs. “What happened if I put the ball in play? I can be better. I can help my team and get the W. But we can learn [from] this.”

That’s his mindset — keep improving. And with that, might come many more postgame scrums at his locker room.

“I can be better every day,” Morel said. “Every time I go to hit or on defense, I can be doing better in everything.”

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