Ian Happ had the perfect response to Kyle Hendricks’ Player of the Week honor
The Cubs are cornering the market on National League Player of the Week awards.
After the longest reign in the history of the award, Ian Happ had the perfect way to honor his teammate.
Happ notched the award for the final week of the 2019 season, which was 43 weeks ago thanks to the MLB shutdown.
When Kyle Hendricks was announced as the new NL Player of the Week Monday afternoon, Happ wasted no time reacting to the news:
After 43 weeks happily dethroned by The Professor!! https://t.co/AdleT9GQ99— Ian Happ (@ihapp_1) July 27, 2020
Hendricks took home the accolade after entering his name in the Cubs history books with a complete game shutout in Friday’s season opener. He allowed just 3 singles and no Brewers player reached second base in the game.
“Yeah, 43 weeks — what a run,” Happ said on a Zoom session with the media Monday. “Hopefully nobody will have to surpass that number because something terrible will have happened.
“But super happy to keep it in the family. I think if we can do that for the whole year, the Cubs are gonna be alright. If we could just keep passing that around in the clubhouse, we’ll be OK.”
Happ had himself a great opening weekend, as well, hitting 2 homers with 5 RBI over the 3 games and made a great catch up against the center field wall Sunday afternoon.
Last year, he finished the season strong with a .455 batting average, 4 homers and 10 RBI over the final week.
The league also announced Monday another Cubs player took home a weekly award. Albert Almora Jr.’s incredible leaping catch into the ivy earned him the Play of the Week. It was a huge moment in Sunday’s 9-1 win, where Almora entered as a defensive replacement late in the game.