Forty-one-year-old Joe Nathan beat the odds and is back in baseball. Chicago took a chance on Nathan and he returned to the mound on Sunday after nearly a year and a half of rehab. The result: a win for Nathan and the Cubs against the Brewers.
Nathan is doing what few pitchers have after two Tommy John surgeries – simply pitching. But the 15-year veteran ended the sixth inning with three strikeouts to get the win in his Cubs debut.
"It was opening day for me," Nathan said after the game, via the Chicago Tribune. "And the adrenaline was through the roof. I almost needed a defibrillator for the run to the mound."
Nathan has yet to win a World Series, but if the Cubs can stay healthy they seem to have as good a chance as any team to win one this year.