The Chicago Cubs made history in Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
As one of MLB’s traditional and historically relevant franchises, they have been around for a while.
Win or lose, that gives them a chance to establish some really nice totals.
On Tuesday, they achieved a really cool milestone: hitting 15,000 home runs as a franchise.
“The Chicago @Cubs become the 3rd franchise in MLB history to hit 15,000 home runs!” MLB on FOX tweeted.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) September 20, 2023
The other two franchises to hit that many homers are the New York Yankees and the San Francisco Giants.
For most of their history, the Giants actually played in New York, so you could say that the Big Apple is America’s home run capital.
Not so fast: Chicago would like a word regarding that, joining the duo and now making it a trio of organizations with 15,000 or more dingers.
The most exciting play in baseball, the home run has always been present in the Windy City.
From Gabby Hartnett to Hack Wilson, Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Billy Williams, Ryne Sandberg, Sammy Sosa, Alfonso Soriano, Derrek Lee, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and now Cody Bellinger, the long ball has had elite representatives in Chicago.
Yes, the franchise spent more than 100 years without a World Series title from 1908 to 2016, but winning the title is not the be-all, end-all.
Yes, it’s the most important thing, but not everything: franchises can still have icons, legends, and idols who connect with fans.
The Cubs have had plenty over the years, and most of them are closely related with the long ball.NEXT: Top Cubs Prospect Keeps Making Must-See Plays