So it's Wednesday night and Jake Arrieta, the 2016 model, is having a conversation in the bullpen pre-game. Casual observers believe the bigness of the moment -- Game 2 of the first Cubs World Series in 71 years! -- has sent him around the bend, because it looks like he's talking to himself.
Not really. It's just Jake 2016 talking to Jake 2015.
JAKE 2016: Hey. Dude. You want to pitch this one?
JAKE 2015: Ah, I don't know. I mean, it's been so long ...
JAKE 2016: Come on, man. It's the World Series. It'll be fun, I promise.
JAKE 2015: Ah ....
JAKE 2016: Come on. Just this once.
JAKE 2015: Well ... OK.
And then Jake 2015 picks up his glove, trots out to the mound and pitches a no-hitter for 5 1/3, helping the Cubs win 5-1 to even the Series at a game apiece.