Patrick Wisdom credits breakthrough to 'opportunity' with Cubs


(670 The Score) One year ago Wednesday, the Cubs called upon veteran third baseman Patrick Wisdom and offered him a chance.

Wisdom broke into the majors with the Cardinals in 2018, was traded to the Rangers in 2019 and arrived into the Cubs organization in 2020 but never got a true opportunity to showcase himself before last season.

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The 30-year-old Wisdom has 38 home runs in the calendar year since being brought up to the Cubs and has become a fixture in the team’s lineup, something he credits to simply getting a chance.

“It’s just opportunity, being able to play out there every single day,” Wisdom said Thursday to the Mully & Haugh Show. “I take pride in defense, baserunning, so helping the team win when the bat is a little quiet is something I realty work hard for. Being able to be out there every single day at different positions, the belief that the organization has in me to roll me out there each and every day, it's just been awesome.

“It’s been really fun to be a part of this organization and to go out there every day and compete alongside those guys. I’m just super thankful for this opportunity. I think just being out there every day is a huge reason for this success and being able to get consistent at-bats.”

Wisdom is hitting .223 this season with 10 home runs and 23 RBIs in 40 games and 153 plate appearances. Last season, Wisdom broke the Cubs’ rookie home run record with 28 over just 106 games.

Wisdom became the Cubs’ primary third baseman after the team traded Kris Bryant late last July before the trade deadline. However, manager David Ross has utilized him at first base and the outfield as well.

For Wisdom, just getting an opportunity to play is all that matters. He’s willing to take the field anywhere the Cubs want.

“I think I got nine positions,” Wisdom said. “Wherever you need me, I’ll bethere. It would be cool to start pitching one game. I think that would be pretty cool. Maybe be an opner and then go to third or go to first or the outfield. Wherever they need me.”

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