Arrieta turned things around in 2014, won the Cy Young a season later, was named to his first All-Star Game in 2016 and helped the Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years.
In a Twitter post entitled "Chicago", the Phillies' new three-year, $75 million man shared an image of a handwritten note that began with his recollection of joining the Cubs.
The starter quickly rose to the top of the majors as one of the best pitchers during his last four seasons with the Chicago Cubs.
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"In the midst of what felt like never ending adversity and failure, I was traded to the Cubs on July 2nd, 2013", Arrieta wrote.
Arrieta, the 2015 NL Cy Young Award victor and 2016 World Series champion with the Cubs, agreed to a three-year, $75 million deal with the Phillies on Sunday.
He says in his letter he was on the verge of walking away from baseball before beginning a "transformation" in Chicago. I looked myself in the mirror, as well as my two-year-old son and pregnant wife knowing in my heart that everything was about to change. We raised our children in Wrigleyville, one of the most iconic places in all of sports.
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Arrieta added that "going to work everyday was an honor" and Cubs fans will be "missed dearly". "Childhood dreams turned reality".
I send gracious thanks to the Ricketts family and front office for their commitment to winning at any cost. I was lucky to have dedicated team-mates that willingly shed blood, sweat, and tears to achieve our goals. I will miss going to battle with all of you, but look forward to competing on opposite sides of moving forward.
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