After the Cubs 6-0 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday night, catcher Willson Contreras had some strong words for the media. According to Jordan Bastian from MLB.com, Contreras said that he didn't feel the Cubs effort was good against the Cardinals. He added that it might be because there was only one more game left before the All-Star break.
Since the Cubs combined no-hitter against the Dodgers on June 24, the Cubs have gone 2-13 and are now 8.5 games back of Milwaukee for 1st place in the NL Central. It was not so long ago that fans were all talking about the Cubs adding at the upcoming trade deadline to bolster their roster for a deep playoff push. Now, talks have strictly shifted to who the Cubs will part ways with and how they will begin to retool.
Amidst the constant trade talk comes Willson Contreras' comments that the team effort is not good enough. To add to the fire, he notes that "[he] cannot ask everybody to play like [he does], or to play like Baez and [him] play." If there wasn't already a fracture inside the Cubs clubhouse, there definitely is one now. Regardless of what Contreras meant for these comments to be, they come off extremely aggressive and I can't help but assume guys not named Javier Baez are going to take this as a personal attack.
Willson undoubtedly has a seat at the table when talking about things like this, but this is not the correct way to go about it. He is very clearly singling out himself and Javier Baez as players that are unquestionably giving it 100% no matter the day or situation. I believe him as much as I believe anything, but this is not the way to do it. The Cubs are entering the All-Star break and each day is another day closer to the fire sale.
As if each Cubs fan didn't already know that the end is near, the division of the clubhouse really is the cherry on top. The trade deadline is inevitable, and the Cubs will be saying goodbye to multiple fan favorites. It really feels like sitting back and watching the universe end because this Cubs fan (me) can hardly remember the pre-2015 Cubs.
The hardest thing to face going forward is going to be the lowering of expectations. Going forward, the Cubs will not be favorites to win on most nights and we all have to be okay with that. Although Cubs fans expectations will be low, losses to division rivals will still be treated just like they were in 2016-2020.
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