PLAY STALL — ER, BALL
The Cubs haven’t won a game since Wednesday. What is this, 2014? If only, right? It’s 2020, as you know, which means it’s, among other things, as strange a time as there has ever been in sports (which you also know).
In the Cubs’ case, they’ve been on hold since before this past weekend not because of anything they did or didn’t do — if only life were that simple — but because of another team’s coronavirus outbreak. And Kris Bryant thought St. Louis summers were “boring” when baseball was actually being played.
But enough complaining. The Cubs are back. Well, they will be on Tuesday, anyway. The Cardinals fiasco is, for the time being, at least, in the rearview.
Despite being shut down for most of a week, the Cubs — 10-3 — can get back to the business of kicking tail and taking names. Or trying to.
“I think we’re all holding up fine,” manager David Ross assured. “The tricky part is the off-the-field stuff.”
The Cubs will have a fun workout Monday at Wrigley Field. That is, if dividing into mini-teams and engaging in competitions such as “target practice” — hitting balls at objects placed here and there on the field — can be considered fun. Doesn’t it sound fun? And why are we suddenly picturing a cardboard cutout of Fredbird, the Cardinals’ mascot, with a big “hit me” sign on it?
Then the real fun — games — can resume. As we seem to be saying often lately, let’s just hope it lasts.
Here’s what’s happening: