(670 The Score) It hasn’t taken Cubs third baseman Patrick Wisdom long to endear himself to fans, teammates and others in the organization.
Such is the case when you get off to a torrid start, as the 29-year-old rookie Wisdom has done in hitting .375 with eight homers, 12 RBIs and a 1.457 OPS in 15 games this season. But even before his breakout, Wisdom was appreciative of the support his teammates gave him and approach they took toward him, as they expected a strong level performance out of him and held him to a high standard after he was promoted on May 25 as the Cubs dealt with a series of injuries.
“This team is excellent and top-tier in terms of the guys that have been on this team for a while do a really good job of making you feel welcome when you get here, making you feel like part of the boys as soon as you step in the clubhouse,” Wisdom said on the Bernstein & Rahimi Show on Wednesday. “They don’t want to treat you any differently. They say, ‘Hey, you’re part of this team, you’re going to help us win, so be yourself and go out there and do your thing. We’re not going to tell you that you can’t do something or you have to do something.’
“They do a really good job of, ‘Hey, you’re one of the boys now, let’s go. We’re trying to win this thing.’”
The Cubs originally added Wisdom last August after the Mariners designated him for assignment, then Chicago re-signed him on a minor league deal in January after he had reached free agency.
Prior to joining the Cubs, Wisdom had appeared in the big leagues for the Cardinals in 2018 and the Rangers in 2019. St. Louis selected Wisdom in the first round of the 2012 amateur draft, and he toiled in the minor leagues for years.
Wisdom has started at third base in nine of the Cubs’ past 10 games, and he’s in the lineup there again as Chicago faces San Diego in the finale of a three-game series Wednesday afternoon. He isn’t sure what his future holds, though if he keeps hitting well, it’s hard to imagine the Cubs sending him back to the minor leagues. For now, Wisdom is just happy to have the chance to prove himself again.
“The path hasn’t been so direct as everyone else’s, but hey, there’s different paths for different cats,” Wisdom said. “I’m just thankful for another opportunity to keep playing.”