Nick Madrigal spoke to the media before Saturday’s game against the San Francisco Giants for the first in a Cubs uniform. Madrigal was acquired via trade at the deadline from the Chicago White Sox along with relief pitcher Codi Heuer in exchange for closer Craig Kimbrel.
At the time of the trade, Madrigal had already been ruled out for the rest of the 2021 season after undergoing right hamstring surgery in June. Since the trade Madrigal has spent most of his time in Arizona rehabbing, but he joined the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field this weekend.
Madrigal spoke with the media about his experiences meeting his new teammates and organization members. Madrigal said that being in uniform at Wrigley Field has made it feel more real. When asked if he was surprised about being traded he let reporters know the he was definitely in in fact surprised mainly because he wasn’t seeing his name in any rumors leading up to the last hour of the trade deadline. He left the media with a final comment that he is looking forward to reaching his new goals with his new team.
Madrigal said that has been staying in contact with Codi Heuer. Heuer was as previously mentioned was his teammate with the White Sox. Madrigal has been asking him about the new team and environment. According to Madrigal, Heuer has had nothing but great things to say about the Cubs and their fans. That is what is sticking with Madrigal as he rehabs to join to the team for 2022.