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Willson Contreras Emotional During Likely Last Home Series With Cubs

With the trade deadline looming, Willson Contreras opened up with reporters and got emotional after last night’s 3-2 Cubs win over the Pirates.

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As MLB’s trade deadline looms, it’s tough to know exactly what moves the Chicago Cubs will make. However, one constant name in rumors has been Willson Contreras, given that the team has a losing record and he’s in his final year under team control. The deadline is only one week away (August 2, 6:00 PM EDT), and the Cubs catcher is feeling it now more than ever.

After Monday night’s 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field, the 30-year-old All-Star catcher opened up to the media.

“This has been a tough couple of days for me,” Contreras told reporters. “I’m trying just to appreciate everything that Wrigley Field is, thinking about all the memories that I have here since 2016. From 2009 to now, and it’s my, probably not, I don’t know, but probably my last home stand with the fans this year. It’s tough. It’s really tough,” Contreras said.

“Knowing everything that is happening around, and I knew it would get to me at some point. I wish this day never came, but it’s about business. I understand that; I respect that. And I love my team. I love my teammates most, and I don’t want to get too attached with them because you never know what’s going to happen next week or this week, even in San Francisco. But, it’s been a tough, tough, tough couple of days for me.”

It’s hard to read those words. It’s even more difficult watching the video of him speaking about it.

Thanks For The Memories

Willson Contreras signed with the Chicago Cubs’ organization as a 17-year-old out of Venezuela in 2009. Making his debut in 2016 at 24 years old, Contreras has built many relationships and memories with the organization since 2009, including a World Series Championship and three All-Star appearances.

No one wants to see Contreras leave the Cubs. He has made a major impact on the team for many years, and his inevitable departure is just another reminder of how bad things have gotten in Chicago. You can’t help but feel for the guy. Since he was 17 years old, the Cubs’ organization has been all he knows.

The Cubs take on the Pirates again today at Wrigley Field with a 1:20 PM CDT start time. Hopefully, he gets as great if not a better ovation today as he did in last night’s game because, as Contreras said, this could be his final game at Wrigley Field in a Cubs uniform.

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