With 2016 coming to a close, it's time to look back on a year of baseball that was filled with laughter, joy and tears. We pulled the most-read Cut4 posts of the year to find the 10 stories that best brought us together in 2016. Here they are, grouped together and listed in no particular order:
To the baseball world, Alex Rodriguez is one of the most prolific sluggers in history, but to Ella, he's just "Dad". Rodriguez shared a gloriously honest school assignment written by Ella in which she filled out a survey about her pops.
You wear your work clothes when you go to work, right? Well, Ben Zobrist decided to do the same.
It's impossible to look back on the 2016 season without thinking about the tragedy that ended the life of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez at the devastatingly young age of 24. All across Major League Baseball, people paused to remember a man who lit up the baseball field every time he took the mound.
Segura found out the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished.
Ever wonder where baseball terms like "eephus," "can of corn" or, my personal favorite, "duck snort" came from? We tracked down some answers.
Change is good. Or is it? For the second straight offseason, Arrieta has shaved off his signature, luscious chin hairs.
When you hit a baseball and it clears the wall, you don't have to run full speed around the bases, but if you've got Billy Hamilton's speed, why not do it anyway? Hamilton's record did not hold up for the full season, however, as current free-agent Adam Rosales surpassed him with a home-run sprint of his own in September.
Would you recognize Kris Bryant if he showed up at your batting practice posing as a transfer student named "Roy"? Members of the Mesa Community College baseball team had an opportunity to find out.
Sometimes it really does pay to be in the right place at the right time, as one lucky Cubs fan found out.
What better way to cap off a World Series victory than appearing on Saturday Night Live? Anthony Rizzo, David Ross and Dexter Fowler brought their A-game to two skits. Oh, and Bill Murray showed up, too.