Give Anthony Rizzo a break.
In fact, give any player a break if they say they think Major League Baseball should play fewer games.
A 162-game season is absolutely bonkers as is. Who decided baseball should play twice as many games as every other American professional sport?
But this is how it is now and that will not change. Blame revenue, blame the statistical purity of the game, blame whatever. Baseball will not reduce their schedule from 162 games.
Rizzo hopped on ESPN 1000 radio with David Kaplan earlier in the day on Tuesday and said:
"I think we play too much baseball. Yes, guys are going to take pay cuts. But are we playing this game for the money or do we love this game? I know it's both, but in the long run it will make everything better."
So Rizzo is willing to make less money to play fewer games.
Spoken like a true millennial — less money is OK if there's less time at work.
But that's OK for him to think that way. These guys just had to sit through maybe the worst weather game in Wrigley Field history Saturday. It was certainly the worst weather Joe Maddon — who's been in this game for four decades — has had to endure, he said.
Tuesday night's 5-3 loss to the Cardinals was no picnic, either. Cubs players had to keep running into the third-base dugout to sit by the industrial-sized heaters to warm up during batting practice before the series opener with the St. Louis Cardinals.
"Tonight's not gonna be ideal, but we have to play games," Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said Tuesday evening. "Backing these games up and having a bunch of doubleheaders doesn't help anybody."
Wednesday afternoon's scheduled game looks doubtful, so the teams left Wrigley Field late Tuesday night pretty much expecting another postponement and playing the short series finale on Thursday.
Addison Russell echoed his (unofficial) captain's sentiments and agreed a shorter season would be nice. Maddon prefers the 162-game schedule as is; it's all he's ever known.
Rizzo knows his comments could be blown out of proportion after everything he says on the radio, but nothing he said was wrong.
But all this talk about a shorter season is really misguided.
A shorter season would only impact things if the year started around May 1. And is anybody really confident this wacky weather will be less wacky and more typical come May 1?
Nobody expected it to snow this much in April, let alone this deep into April.
All these postponements have absolutely nothing to do with the MLB season starting in late March, so please don't even start that argument.
The season starting earlier is actually a part of the solution, as there are four more off-days built in. There are four more days to schedule all these make-up games without killing everybody with a bunch of doubleheaders or a 26-games-in-24-days type of situation.
This weather is so atypical, there's no plan in place right now to accomodate all these games when it's snowy or 29 degrees with windchill. Maddon acknowledged this was probably the worst he's ever seen the weather to begin a season.
"Day after day, this is unusual," Maddon said. "But more than likely, it's an anomoly. It's probably not going to be this way again next year. It provides a lot of wonderful conversation, but I think it also provides an opportunity to think things through in advance the next time it occurs.
"...It's one of those things I think you need to take advantage of in the sense that it's a negative situation weather-wise. What's the positive? The positive is that let's learn something and figure out how to work around a weather-related situation."
So what can baseball do?
Nothing, except ride it out.
"There's no solution to it," Hoyer said. "The season starting earlier has nothing to do with what the weather is on the 15th, 16th, 17th of April.
"This is the time everyone's been playing baseball. This is a bad stretch for the whole league. We'll get through it."