Jake Arrieta enjoyed a pretty good time at the Wrigley Field: He won the Cy Young and the World Series in 2016, becoming an important part of that Cubs team that ended the 108-years-long championship drought of the franchise, entering in the history of the club with golden letters.
But now, is time to say goodbye and face new challenges. Just a couple of days ago, Jake Arrieta signed for the Philadelphia Phillies, ending a 5-seasons-long stint with Chicago. And the pitcher had a nice touch with all the Cubs' nation with a heartfelt and handwritten letter.
Here's the entire text:
“In the midst of what felt like never ending adversity and failure, I was traded to the Chicago Cubs on July 2, 2013. This day was the beginning of a four-and-a-half-year stretch that would forever change our lives. On the verge of walking away from the game I love dearly, Theo called, and the transformation began. I looked myself in the mirror, as well as my two-year-old son and pregnant wife knowing in my heart that everything was about to change.
“Chicago was our home, and will forever be a special place for my entire family. We raised our children in Wrigleyville, one of the most iconic places in all of sports. Going to work every day was an honor for many reasons, from the storied history of the organization, to the high-character individuals I was surrounded by year after year. Three consecutive NLCS appearances, two NL Central titles and a World Series championship … the first in 108 years. Childhood dreams turned reality thanks to to so many amazing people, all holding one another to a very high standard.
“I send gracious thanks to the Ricketts family and front office for their commitment to winning at any cost. Going the extra mile to take care of our families was never taken for granted. I was lucky to have dedicated teammates that willingly shed blood, sweat and tears to achieve our goals. I will miss going to battle with all of you, but look forward to competing on opposing sides moving forward. Lastly, thanks to all Cubs fans around the world for standing with us and investing in us even when times were tough. You will all be missed dearly.
According to Jon Heyman, Bob Nightengale, Jeff Passan, and numerous other reporters have stated that Arrieta and Philadelphia both agreed to a 3-year deal, worth $75 million. The Phillies were the least likely team to sign the pitcher, as teams like the Yankees, Orioles, and Rangers were also keen to make a deal with him.
During 2017 season, Arrieta had a record of 14-10 during 30 games started, with an ERA of 3.53 and notching 163 K's.