We already knew the Cubs were uber-popular but now we actually have proof…sort of. If jersey sales are a valid indicator of popularity — which, of course they are — then consider the Cubs to be off the charts. Either that or a whole bunch of Cubs fans needed new jerseys all at once because of all the partying they did in their old ones.
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We found out today from ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell that the Cubs actually have four of the top five best-selling jerseys in baseball since the end of the World Series.
Cubs have 4 of the top 5 best selling jerseys in baseball since end of World Series: 1. Bryant, 2. Rizzo, 3. Kershaw, 4. Baez, 5. Schwarber
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 21, 2017
No real shocker that the reigning MVP leads the way with the number one selling jersey. He’s one of the best baseball players on the planet and he’s one heck of a handsome fellow too. I’ll admit, I have a Kris Bryant jersey of my own and my two kids do as well. Solid baseball player, downright good guy, and really just a great role model for kids. And if you click on the link above you can get your hands on a jersey with the World Series champion patch on the sleeve.
Coming in behind Bryant is Anthony Rizzo (2), Javy Baez (4), and Kyle Schwarber (5).
I expected to see Anthony Rizzo and I can’t say I’m surprised to see Javy either, especially considering how much attention he garnered in the Cubs’ playoff run and then the World Baseball Classic (that tag, man, that sweet, sexy tag). But I am a skosh surprised to see Kyle Schwarber coming in at number five.
Consider this: Here’s a guy who had five plate appearances during the 2016 regular season — his second major league season after playing half of 2015 — and his jersey is in the top five. Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention his incredible comeback to play in the World Series. And then there’s the fact that he got one of the biggest hits in Cubs history when he led off the top of the 10th inning of Game 7 with a single that ended up leading to the winning run.
Okay, when you put it that way it makes total sense. So yeah, the Cubs account for 80 percent of the top five jerseys. Don’t be surprised when you see your neighbor who used to be a White Sox fan suddenly sporting a Baez jersey. I mean, can you blame them?