If you’ve been watching any Chicago Cubs games this year, you’ve noticed that after each hit the player will look over to the dugout and emphatically use both index fingers to point down at the base. As it turns out, the “base point” is the new 2016 Cubs on-base celebration.
Last season the team used a distinct “helmet rub” to celebrate a base hit. Think of what you look like when you put shampoo in your hair — you’ve now perfected the helmet rub.
Former Cub Jonathan Herrera claims ownership of the famous helmet rub and said his inspiration came from another former Cubs player, Starlin Castro. Hererra noticed that Castro rubbed his head whenever he thought something was funny, so somehow Herrera transferred that same motion to the base paths. Exactly how that correlates into celebrating a base hit is beyond me, but clearly it was effective.
The helmet rub was a big hit last season and helped propel the Cubs deep into the playoffs. Herrera even created some form of weird, customized, creepy helmet with two hands on top to symbolize the helmet rub.
Now that we are in a new season, the 2016 Cubs needed to find a new celebration since both Herrera and Castro have moved on. Enter veteran David Ross. The 15-year veteran catcher is credited with coming up with the “base point”, but he said he did not solely come up with it by himself. Ross was inspired by Dr. Ken Ravizza, a renowned psychologist who has worked with other professional and college teams.
“Make sure you’re in the present. Don’t be in the past. Don’t be in the future.” Ross continued, “Good teams stay in the present and what’s going on right now. They stay focused on the day, the at-bat, the pitch, ” Ross explained.
If you’re rolling your eyes and thinking this is very cliche, lets not forget about the expectations of this years Cubs. Clear favorites to win their division, the NL pennant, and of course, the World Series. On a team that is littered with players in their early 20’s, few have experienced the pressure that is about to mount as the season goes on. If you ask me, this is the perfect mantra for the team to adopt.
In a 162 game season, it’s important to keep things in perspective. The Cubs will lose some three-game series this year and get swept in a few other.
*GASP*. Yeah, I said it.
It’ll happen, it’s baseball. If the fans can adopt the same mantra, this season will be one to remember. Hell, if it makes it easier for you to remember, go to your local sporting goods store and buy a base to put in your office at work. Just don’t ask me advice on what to tell your boss when they walk into your office and you’re pointing at a rubber base.
— Phil Conrad (@phillip_conrad) April 15, 2016