Wisdom sets Cubs' rookie HR record, breaking tie with Bryant


Four months ago, Patrick Wisdom was playing for the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate in Iowa.

Sunday, he etched his name in the franchise's record books.

Wisdom crushed a three-run home run Sunday against the Brewers, his 27th of the season, setting a new Cubs rookie record.

"It's awesome. It's really cool," Wisdom said. "I'm super excited. I'm definitely honored.

"It was really cool. My wife and my two daughters were here in the stands, so that was pretty special for me."

Wisdom tied the record Tuesday against the Phillies, matching the 26 home runs Kris Bryant hit in his 2015 NL Rookie of the Year campaign.

Bryant offered Wisdom early congratulations when he returned to Wrigley Field last week for the first time with the Giants.

“He said, ‘When you break my record, congrats on everything,’ so that was pretty cool,” Wisdom said.

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While Bryant set the record in 151 games six years ago, Sunday was only Wisdom's 101st game this season.

In fact, when the Cubs called him up from Iowa in late May, he was nearly 30 years old and only had 43 games of big-league experience under his belt. 

"It's not only necessarily in baseball," Wisdom said of staying resilient. "You're going to get knocked down plenty of times, and you've just got to get back up and keep moving forward. 

"Then you come out stronger on the other end and you can look back and be like, ‘I got through those times. I can make it through this next obstacle that's in front of me.’"

Wisdom burst onto the scene after his promotion from Triple-A, hitting nine home runs in his first 20 games.

Sunday's home run, which extended the Cubs' lead to 6-2, loomed large. Milwaukee rallied for two runs in the ninth and had the bases loaded with two outs. The Cubs hung on for a 6-4 win.

"The fact that he breaks the rookie record for this organization with some really talented players that have been here and in that fashion was awesome," manager David Ross said.

"We needed it. He needed it. I can't remember the day he got called up, but it's not even a full season he's [done] that in. Pretty impressive."

Wisdom is in good company atop the leaderboard. Bryant's 26 home runs in 2015 broke Hall of Famer Billy Williams' previous record of 25, set back in 1961.

Rest assured, Wisdom will get the record-breaking baseball, which landed atop the batter's eye under the center field scoreboard at American Family Field.

"I saw the grounds crew guy with a ladder out there trying to get it," Wisdom said. "I think it'll be in my locker. 

"It's not like the ball left anywhere. Hopefully, we can get it authenticated. That would be pretty cool."

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