Major League Baseball crowned Jake Arrietta the National League Cy Young yesterday, the first Chicago Cub to win the award since Greg Maddux in 1992:
“In early October, Cubs president Theo Epstein was told by a reporter that Jake Arrieta carried himself like he was the best pitcher in baseball. Epstein smiled.
“He did before he was,” Epstein said. “And now he is, so it’s even better.”
There was no magic wand, no cinematic moment of truth that can explain Arrieta’s rise from Baltimore bust to Chicago Cy Young. It is simply the result of talent, hard work, sublime confidence and a good support staff coming together.”
ESPN, “NL Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta finally put ‘small things in place,'” November 19, 2015