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Kimbrel didn't know if he was up for the task, but said he'd try.
Now that the 25-year-old rookie has launched himself into legendary status following Sunday night's two-out, pinch-hit walk-off grand slam against the Nationals, the rest sports world has taken notice and many inside baseball are elevating their expectations for 18th-round draft picks as a result.
As the Yu Darvish saga continues to unfold, the Cubs are expressing disbelief that the pitcher's history of arm issues could have somehow been an indication that he might have similar troubles after joining the team this winter on a six-year, $126 million free agent deal.
"It's a fire sale. Everything must go," said Epstein, while on a phone call with another team's GM. "Rizzo for three 17-year-old prospects? Done! Bryant for a No. 5 starter and a cooler mascot than ours? Send me the paperwork!"