While departing Chicago with a .070 batting average is not the way Marlon Byrd, or any of us, wanted his Chicago Cubs career to end, I have nothing but exemplary things to say about the man that played hard for the Cubs for two-plus seasons. If more players played with the enthusiasm, the toughness, and the attitude that Byrd does, Major League Baseball would be a lot better of a place.
The Cubs traded Byrd to the Boston Red Sox --who find themselves without both Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford -- for right-hander, Michael Bowden, and a player to be named later. It is a quiet departure for a man who speaks volumes by the way he plays the game. That's not to say that Byrd always put up the best numbers, or that he never made a mistake, but he was easily the most enjoyable player --for me-- to watch play baseball on the Cubs the last few seasons. While playing a sport professionally undoubtedly takes absurd amounts of talent, I'm sure those playing would (and do) consider themselves lucky to be doing so. Marlon Byrd made that feeling apparent every time he took the field for the Chicago Cubs --even in the midst of two forgettable seasons. I thank him for that.
As a fan of the Cubs, I want to see them win. I don't mean to suggest that "having a good attitude" is replacement for winning, but it is certainly what I love to see from the players I'm routing for. I'll expand this concept well beyond the sport of baseball. Whether I'm watching someone perform on stage, excitedly fulfilling any job, or patrolling center field at Wrigley, seeing someone else enjoying themselves and feeling fortunate to be doing what they're doing is motivational, likable, and simply shines a flattering light on the person in question.
In sports that are filled with hot-doggers, egomaniacs, and just mind-boggling ignorance sometimes, it was an absolute privilege to watch Marlon Byrd play for the Chicago Cubs. Good luck in Beantown, Marlon!
Brian is a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, having lived in Illinois his entire life and having followed Major League Baseball throughout.
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