Welcome to The Show, Nico Hoerner
The Chicago Cubs are really beat to shit at the moment, with several key players on the shelf.
Of course, attrition is most likely to set in after five grueling months of action, but the timing isn't ideal for a team in a tense struggle to make the post-season.
But fear not, Cubbie enthusiasts.
Actually, the sensitivity of the mission was compromised last night in San Diego, where the Cubs' 2018 first-round pick did a very convincing impression of a veteran major league ballplayer in his MLB debut.
Here's his very first at-bat:
Forgive us for the technical jargon, but that was a nice piece of hitting.
But wait, there's more:
That would be a two-run triple, dudes and dudettes.
Which brings us to the nightcap:
At 22 years old, Nico Hoerner just got his name chanted on the road during his MLB Debut after getting his third hit of the night and fourth RBI.— Cubs Live (@Cubs_Live) September 10, 2019
Listen to the crowd chant “NICO! NICO! NICO!”
2018 MLB draft class to instant stud. pic.twitter.com/AlBnddHzti
Yep, they were absolutely chanting dude's name on the road.
That may seem unusual until you realize that Cubs fans frequently outnumber the home team's fans, particularly in San Diego.
The final tally for Nico was pretty okay:
Nico Hoerner is the first #Cubs player with 3+ hits and 4+ RBI in MLB Debut since Dee Fondy on April 17, 1951— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) September 10, 2019
It's all downhill from here, kid.