Commentary: Thank you letter to Yu Darvish, Victor Caratini


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Darvish and Caratini are great friends (Jon Durr - USA Today Sports)
Darvish and Caratini are great friends (Jon Durr - USA Today Sports)

Happy New Year's everyone!

As a Cubs fanbase, we are often very thankful for the impact our favorite players have made on and off the field during their time in Chicago. Typically, when players leave Chicago, they talk in high regard about wearing the Cubs’ pinstripes and playing at Wrigley Field.

That has been especially prevalent in the era of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, who made an effort to make the Cubs feel like a family. Leaving a family can be difficult for all parties involved.

We at CubsHQ have written a few thank you letters to players or executives or even announcers who have made huge impacts in Chicago — such as Joe Maddon, Theo Epstein, Len Kasper, Kyle Schwarber, and more — especially if they had any contribution to the Cubs 2016 World Series championship victory, the first ring for the franchise in 108 years from back in 1908.

But with the trade of Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini, we felt it necessary here at CubsHQ to give an appreciation to two of the most fun athletes we have watched over the last few seasons.

We’ll start with Darvish, who has had an up and down tenure with the Cubs. It started down initially — with injuries and control issues plaguing 2018, his first season in Chicago.

2019 was different, with the first half being disastrous and the second half being very eye-opening. Darvish cut down on walks and upped his strikeouts but still only had six wins to show for it.

But what made 2019 great is Darvish gained some confidence back from his 2017 World Series beat down from the Astros (who we all found out were cheating). Darvish began being active on social media, speaking to reporters in English and becoming a fan favorite.

He brought a swagger and a lot of hair with him to 2020 and rode an odd season into a second-place Cy Young finish in the NL. Darvish won eight games, a league lead, and struck out 93 batters in just 76 innings.

So YU,

Thanks for being so fun to watch on the mound

Thanks for the 10 plus pitch arsenal you were not afraid to use

Thank you for trusting the organization and Chicago

Thank you for developing that confidence and showing us your true self and sense of humor

Thank you for your Twitter — an all-time must follow

Thank you for allowing Chicago and the Cubs to become apart of Yu

Thanks for all the innings and strikeouts

And for Caratini, it is obvious he has deserved a starting spot behind the plate.

Thanks for helping Yu figure out how to use his arsenal best

Thanks for aiding Willson with the Cubs pitching staff

Thanks for the many big hits you had in a Chicago uniform

Good luck to both of you in San Diego!

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