Dodgers' Jason Heyward Celebrates Cubs' Century-Long World Series Wait End

Veteran Jason Heyward reflects on his impactful baseball journey.

by Nouman Rasool
Dodgers' Jason Heyward Celebrates Cubs' Century-Long World Series Wait End
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In a striking move last month, seasoned outfielder Jason Heyward signed a one-year extension worth $9 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers, following his impressive performance in the 2023 season. Though his commitment to Los Angeles is unwavering, Heyward's tenure with the Chicago Cubs, spanning seven seasons, has left an indelible mark on his career.

The 2016 season stands out in Heyward's memory, a year when he was a pivotal figure in the Chicago Cubs' historic World Series win, breaking a 108-year drought. This victory not only ended the longest championship hiatus in North American sports but also ignited a wave of inspiration across Chicago, etching itself as one of the most defining sports moments of the 21st century.

Heyward's Impressive Cubs Tenure

Heyward's journey with the Cubs began with an eight-year, $184 million contract in the offseason leading up to their victorious 2016 campaign. His performance that regular season was commendable, boasting a .259 batting average with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs, and earning a Gold Glove.

Despite a modest showing in the World Series, where he hit 3-for-20, his agility on the bases with four stolen bags was noteworthy. Recently, on MLB Network's "MLB Tonight," Heyward reflected on the exhilaration of breaking the century-long championship drought with the 2016 Cubs.

Now 34, he describes the feeling as everlasting, a "gift that keeps on giving," emphasizing the significance of ending the 108-year wait. The 2016 Cubs roster, including notables like Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Kyle Schwarber, have since pursued their careers with other teams, but the glory of their historic achievement remains a poignant memory.

Looking ahead, Heyward faces a promising future with the Dodgers, favorites for the 2024 title. Joining a roster brimming with talent, Heyward might find himself in a familiar victorious scenario in the upcoming season. As Heyward continues his journey in Major League Baseball, his experience and the memory of that monumental World Series victory with the Cubs will undoubtedly serve as an inspiration both on and off the field.

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