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Jake Arrieta Pens Heartfelt Farewell To Cubs: Chicago 'Will Forever Be A Special Place'

"Childhood dreams turned reality," Arrieta said of his Cubs tenure.

March 12, 2018 - 11:03 pm
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(670 The Score) A day after starting a new chapter in his baseball career by agreeing to a new deal with the Phillies, right-hander Jake Arrieta shared a heartfelt hand-written farewell letter to the Cubs and their fans Monday night, posting on Twitter what his time in Chicago meant to him and his family.

“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 (Epstein) 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 kids 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 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 all of you but look forward to competing on opposite 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. Thanks for the memories.

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Arrieta won the National League Cy Young award in 2015 and was a central figure in the Cubs' championship in 2016, winning a pair of World Series games. The Cubs chose to go a different direction when he hit free agency, instead signing right-hander Yu Darvish to a six-year, $126-million deal. Arrieta signed a three-year, $75-million deal with the Phillies, for whom he'll slot in as a frontline starter.