The Chicago Cubs are the talk of the town as September draws near and October baseball looms large.
They’re comfortably atop the NL Central even with the St. Louis Cardinals surging behind the bat of Matt Carpenter, a clean 4.5 games ahead in first. They have the most wins in the National League and they’re a splashy destination, what with Cole Hamels and Daniel Murphy joining the Windy City in recent weeks.
It’s not just the Hamels and Murphys of the roster who have been driving Chicago toward the playoffs, though, and that was never more evident than Monday night, when 37-year-old veteran Ben Zobrist powered the Cubs over the New York Mets.
A Cub since the 2016 season, the same year he won World Series MVP as part of Chicago’s historic championship, the longtime utility man came up big when it mattered once again this week. With Monday’s game tied in the seventh inning, Zobrist drove an RBI double to center field not only to give him a multi-hit night for the third time in four games but to seal a Cubs win. He finished 2-for-5 vs. New York and is now batting .307 this season.
Like Carpenter in St. Louis, Zobrist has been as vocal about his faith as he has his passion for baseball. Deemed a “Major League Believer” by The Gospel Coalition, he was raised a Christian, with a pastor as his father, but proclaims his beliefs with sincerity as a pro. He’s gone on record saying “we all need Christ” and has repeatedly used his platform to share his faith.