The Chicago Cubs completed a two-game sweep over the Pittsburgh Pirates after winning on Tuesday by a score of 4-2. This was also the sixth straight win for the Cubs, but this win was followed by plenty of tears and other sad emotions.
This was the final home game for the Cubs before the Trade Deadline, and that’s a date that has been circled on the calendar for months. The biggest trade chip that the Chicago Cubs have is Willson Contreras and Tuesday was all about saying goodbye.
The emotions actually started to come through on Monday night as it was clear that Contreras was taking it all in. On Tuesday, Contreras was unable to hold back tears throughout the game, and fans showered him with plenty of love every time he stepped to the plate.
Contreras has continuously said that he wants to remain with the Chicago Cubs, and he is willing to do whatever it takes to stay here. Jed Hoyer doesn’t seem to be concerned with keeping Contreras or Cubs fans happy as he continues to tear down the former World Series champion team.
It would be a shock if Contreras remains with his team through the end of July, and Contreras might not ever play another inning at Wrigley Field. Contreras has been with the organization ever since he was 17 years old, and he has poured his heart and soul into this franchise.
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Not “Everyone” Wants Happ
Contreras wasn’t the only player getting showered with appreciation on Tuesday as the fans in the left field bleachers were showing Ian Happ some love. Happy is one of the latest players to show up in trade rumors after having an All Star campaign in the first half of the season.
A recent report said that “every team” love Happ, and will do whatever it takes to land him. There might be 29 teams in the league that love and value Happ, but the Chicago Cubs are the outlier.
Happ is another player that has done whatever he has been asked for from the Chicago Cubs, and he has turned into one of the best outfielders in baseball. This is another move that simply won’t sit well with the fans, and he is actually under team control for longer.
Didn’t Have to Be This Way
Even though Hoyer and Tom Ricketts continue to say that this isn’t a rebuild, that’s clearly what is happening on the North Side. A better name for this plan might be a complete tear down as Hoyer seems to be doing everything he can to remove anyone from the World Series team.
It was clear that the championship core was not going to get the job any longer, but there was no need to trade everyone away. Ricketts won’t give Hoyer any money to operate and the result is trading away all of the talent.
It was a sad day at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, but even darker days are ahead for this franchise.
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