ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball certainly isn’t a popular broadcast among the Chicago Cubs faithful. However, they did get something right last night. At the end of the game between the Cubs and Giants, the cameras panned over to Willson Contreras sitting on the bench in the dugout. The cameras caught the longtime Chicago Cubs catcher getting met by hugs and handshakes from teammates, most notably Christopher Morel and David Bote.
With the Cubs having an off day on Monday and the trade deadline approaching on August 2 (6:00 PM EDT), this could have been Willy’s final game in Cubbie blue. Watching his at-bats and his reactions after them, Contreras looked depressed all night. You could tell this was a man with a lot on his mind.
“It’s not easy. I just want this to be over,” Contreras told reporters after Sunday night’s 4-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants. “If they are going to trade me, they trade me. If they don’t want to trade me, they don’t. But I just want this day to pass and keep focusing on playing baseball.”
Willy’s Response on the Field
One has to wonder just how much the off-field trade rumors have impacted Contreras’s play in July. Willy finishes the month with a .149/.259/.230 slash line, one home run, and four RBIs in 19 games.
Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reported, “Tomorrow’s an off day. We’ll see what happens. It’s going to be a long day. It’s been a long, long, long week, a long, long month for me. I’m ready for this to be over,” Contreras said.
We’ll have to wait and see what the Cubs do at the deadline, but the time is ticking down. After spending his entire professional baseball career in the Cubs organization since 2009, the three-time All-Star and World Series Champion might find a new home soon.
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