(VIDEO) Carl Edwards Jr. reflects on his road from Cubs to Nationals

It's been all about growth and development for "CJ" since recording 2 of the 3 most important outs in Cubs history


By Eugene McIntosh


Carl Edwards Jr. said he often reminisces on his time as a Cub and the love he felt from the Cubs faithful. He was back at Wrigley Field taking the mound for the first time since being traded in 2019 as the Cubs welcomed the Washington Nationals to town earlier this month. "The whole experience from coming out to finish the game, all that stuff was unbelievable man. I'll always love this place," he said from the National’s team hotel after game 1 of the 3-game series. (Yes, valet tried to charge me $76 for parking less than an hour... needless to say, that didn't happen!)


It's been all about growth and development for "CJ" since recording 2 of the 3 most important outs in Cubs history. He's fought injury after injury during stints with the San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox (AAA), before signing with the Nationals. After missing time due to a strained oblique in Toronto, he thought his baseball career might be a wrap. "I started to think...man this baseball thing might be over for me," Edwards Jr. bravely confessed. He changed his offseason approach and had to take a look in the mirror. "I took it into my own hands. I changed my whole program so that I could be the best version of me."


 

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Since joining the Nationals on a one-year incentive-based contract, CJ's enjoyed a nice comeback season for a team that will probably finish with the worst record in MLB. In 49 innings pitched, he's posted a 3.12 ERA with 46 strikeouts, 21 walks & 19 runs allowed. He said the biggest reason for his comeback success was his 4-year-old son. "It was important to get back to the big leagues for my son. As a dad, it's a dream come true. No telling how much longer I'm gonna be playing this game. My daughter was here for the World Series."


Check the full interview with CJ above as we also talk Jason Heyward, the 2016 Cubs World Series squad and he gives me his all-time MLB squad.