MESA, Ariz. -- The underdog story of Chicago Cubs spring training came to an end on Sunday, but not before a dramatic finish. No, it had nothing to do with Javier Baez or Jorge Soler making the team -- or anything to do with actual on-the-field baseball.
Cubs video coordinator Nate Halm almost won the team-wide bunting tournament, but lost in the finals to David DeJesus. Halm was one of 64 contestants and the only non-player in the tournament after he won the “play-in” front office matchup the first weekend of camp.
But in the end DeJesus defended his title.
“Nate was tough,” DeJesus said. “He has skill. He knows how to bunt.”
Halm was the fan favorite among teammates who watched the finals on a back field behind HoHoKam Park.
“People be hating,” DeJesus joked. “It’s all right.”
Before the finals Cubs manager Dale Sveum dismissed any potential embarrassment that might occur if a non-player won the tournament. Halm did play college baseball and also competed overseas.
“I came close,” Halm said.