‘That was awesome’: Nick Madrigal silences his Cubs teammates with first homer
Nick Madrigal is officially in the home run column.
The third baseman smashed his first longball in a Cubs uniform during Friday’s 10-1 win, taking Cleveland reliever Xzavion Curry deep to the left field bleachers.
The homer was measured at 390 feet.
First home run in Cubbie blue for Nick Madrigal! pic.twitter.com/IrwYMSW2IZ— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) June 30, 2023
It was only Madrigal’s 3rd career MLB homer in his 193rd career game and it was his first blast off a right-handed pitcher.
He hit 2 homers with the White Sox in 2021.
“It felt good,” Madrigal said. “Yeah, it definitely has been a while. More recently, it feels like I’ve been getting some better swings off. It definitely feels good to get the barrel out a little bit. Overall, it’s just a great win for our team. That’s the most important thing. But it definitely felt good.”
Madrigal’s teammates enjoyed seeing him send one into the bleachers.
“That was awesome,” said Justin Steele, who picked up the win Friday. “We’ve been getting on him lately about hitting a homer.”
Madrigal felt like that moment was a good microcosm of the Cubs’ team chemistry.
“We got some inside jokes in the clubhouse,” Madrigal said, “but the main thing is we’re having fun out there and joking with each other. Pulling for each other at the end of the day. I think that’s what makes special teams — no matter who’s doing what, everyone’s excited on the bench.
“Watching the replay and just seeing my teammates reaction, that means a lot. I think that’s why this team is so special is we’re so close and just want the best for each other.”
Madrigal has been red-hot of late, ever since he was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on June 9.
After Friday’s game, he is now hitting .340/.426/.472 (.898 OPS) in 17 games. He has reached base safely in every contest in that span except for Thursday night.
Patrick Wisdom is nearing a return from his injured wrist and when he comes back, it will be interesting to see how the Cubs divide up playing time at third base.