“That Thing The Cubs Do” hits all the right notes
There is a charming scene in “That Thing You Do,” an underrated gem by Tom Hanks. The Wonders are about to make their national TV debut and, just before the curtain rises, drummer Shades Patterson shakes his head over his buddies’ meteoric rise and mutters, “How’d we get here?”
You just know similar flashes of perspective have gone through the minds of MLB’s Wonders, the Chicago Cubs’ Fab Four of Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Jorge Soler and Addison Russell.
“How’d we get here?” indeed.
Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber (left to right)?
Cubs president Theo Epstein conveniently went along with the musical analogy when trying to interpret the breakthrough success of the young club about to play for the National League pennant.
“This is like our first record,” Epstein said. “You put that record out, and then things blow up and it’s a wonderful time of innocence and exceeding expectations, bursting on the national scene.”
I swear, sounds like Epstein could have been reading from the “That Thing You Do” script.
In Chicago, Joe Maddon plays the part of Mr. White, the Hanks movie character who discovers, nurtures and unleashes The Wonders. Maddon’s confidence in playing and trusting the kids has given them an instant sense of belonging.
“We’re good baseball players,” Schwarber said, simply. “That’s why we’re here. You can’t look at it as young. We’re baseball players. We know what needs to be done, and so whatever situation comes up, we’ll get it done.”