Mustache power: Patrick Wisdom continues to pepper bleachers with souvenirs
What a week for Patrick Wisdom.
After a 2-homer game Friday night, Wisdom smacked another pair of round-trippers Saturday night to lead the Cubs to a 7-0 victory over the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. He became the first rookie in Cubs history to pile up back-to-back multi-homer games.
“What he’s doing is so impressive,” David Ross said. “When he touches the ball, it just doesn’t come down. It explodes off his bat. … Nice couple nights for him.”
Even after a tough game Friday night, Wisdom gave Ross and the Cubs something to hang their hats on. He hit a 1st-inning, 3-run homer off Dallas Keuchel and added a solo homer in the 9th inning off Craig Kimbrel.
It was his first multi-home run game since June 6 at San Francisco. He now has 25 home runs this season and is just 1 behind Kris Bryant for the most by a Cub in their rookie season.
And on Friday night, he did it all on his 30th birthday while debuting a new look — a mustache.
Patrick Wisdom is the 2nd Cubs player ever to HR on his 30th birthday.— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) August 28, 2021
The other was Derrek Lee on 9/6/05 vs. St Louis. pic.twitter.com/5y0ie1HTuK
“I mean 30th birthday and hit two homers — that’s a pretty nice day and he’s rocking the ‘stache,” Ross said Friday. “Maybe we have to all as a group go with the ‘stache if that’s the way it’s trending. I’m not afraid.”
When pressed on that issue after Wisdom’s power display Saturday, Ross let out a hearty laugh.
“Oh man, I dunno,” he said. “I’m on TV too much to look that bad. I don’t know if Marquee would like that. It’s working good for Wiz. Unless we go team-wide, I’m gonna spare you guys that look.”
Wisdom plans on keeping the mustache for at least a little while longer.
“It’s gonna stay for a little bit, yeah,” he said. “Power of the mustache, I guess. We’ll see.”
He initially got the idea earlier in the week to shave his beard and leave just the mustache. Wisdom talked it over with his wife, but wanted to make sure his daughters were in the room so they wouldn’t be startled by his change in appearance.
“I did it last year and [my daughter] was a little apprehensive with me getting her in the morning,” Wisdom said, laughing. “It was pretty funny. From my end, not her end. She obviously was kinda scared.”
Both home runs Friday left Ross impressed. Wisdom’s first was a moonshot, a home run that came off his bat at 114.2 mph and travelled 448 feet. Wisdom’s second was off Kimbrel’s fastball, a line-drive homer that went 426 feet to right field.
“He’s got so much thump and thunder in his hands, man,” Ross said. “It’s impressive when he connects. He does real damage.”
When Wisdom gets hot at the plate, he’s red-hot.
Twice this season, he’s compiled at least 6 homers in an 8-game span. He’s the first Cub to accomplish that feat since Kris Bryant in 2016 and puts Wisdom alongside such names as Sammy Sosa (1995, 1998-2002) Ryne Sandberg (1990), Andre Dawson (1987) and Dave Kingman (1979) in the history books.
“That’s really cool,” Wisdom said. “I had no idea, honestly. That’s really cool. I’m kinda speechless with those names you dropped ’cause those are great players, phenomenal players, even Cubs legends. That’s really, really special. I’m honored.”
Wisdom followed Friday’s game with another 2-homer performance Saturday on the South Side, bringing his season total to 25 home runs.