With Tom Brady leaving New England, it got us wondering: Which Cubs player was it strangest to see don another club’s uniform?
The question probably poked at some sore spots for fans, but we posed it to Cubs Twitter anyway. Here’s what you all had to say:
With Tom Brady about to suit up for someone other than the Patriots,, which former Cubs player was the weirdest to see in a different uniform?— Cubs Talk (@NBCSCubs) March 17, 2020
Ron Santo — White Sox (1974)
Billy Williams — A’s (1975-76)
Man, seeing these two Cubs Hall of Famers in other jerseys is so wrong.
Fergie Jenkins — Rangers (1974-75, 1978-81) and Red Sox (1976-77)
Andre Dawson — Marlins (1993-94) and Red Sox (1995-96)
Fergie Jenkins— Chi_Marc (@tnasdad62) March 17, 2020
Andre Dawson— GD Rattin (@GregRattin) March 17, 2020
Jenkins spent the first two seasons of his career with the Phillies but made a name for himself on the North Side. He rejoined the Cubs before retirement (1982-83).
While Jenkins’ Hall of Fame hat depicts him with a Cubs hat, Dawson’s (Expos) does not. The Hawk spent 11 seasons with Montreal (1976-86), so we’ll give him a pass. He won his lone MVP award (1987) on the North Side, though.
Greg Maddux — Braves (1993-2003), Dodgers (2006, 2008) Padres (2007-08)
Maddux— Doug Nelson (@DougNelson16) March 17, 2020
I don’t have to remind you about Maddux’s departure from Chicago, right? Okay, good. At least he came back 12 seasons later?
Ryne Sandberg — Philies (1981 as player, 2013-15 as manager)https://twitter.com/IRobinDHood/status/1240014421209960448
Remember when Sandberg was a Cubs managerial candidate?
Mark Grace — Diamondbacks (2001-03)
Grace won the World Series with Arizona in 2001, you guys. Good for him.
Rick Sutcliffe — Orioles (1992-93) and Cardinals (1994)
Bruce Sutter—Cardinals (1981-84) and Braves (1985-88)
Sutcliffe— Tobias Lane (@TobyL75) March 17, 2020
Bruce Sutter— David Wells Astrologer - Writer (@AstrologerDavid) March 17, 2020
Sutcliffe pitched for the Dodgers (1976-81) and Indians (1982-84) before joining the Cubs in 1984. We assume the weirdness stems from his time in St. Louis, Toby? And the same goes for you with Sutter, David?
Dunston with the Giants.— The Modern Golem (@Badlands75) March 17, 2020
Dunston played for five teams in the six seasons he wasn’t a Cub, including two stints with the Giants (1996, 1998).
Sammy Sosa — Orioles (2005) and Rangers (2007)
Sammy Sosa in an Orioles uni— Joe (@JoeZo88) March 17, 2020
Google “Sammy Sosa Orioles.” THAT is a weird sight.
Kerry Wood — Indians (2009-10) and Yankees (2010)
Why did the Cubs ever let Wood walk in free agency? They brought him back in 2011, not before he donned a Yankees jersey (*shivers*).
Derrek Lee — Braves (2010), Orioles and Pirates (2011)
Derrek Lee as a Brave, if only because the trade that sent him there came literally right as they were about to play each other at Wrigley. Same weekend that Lou managed his last game as a Cub. pic.twitter.com/rC0aklTgA8— Mike Praznowski (@PrazMaster) March 17, 2020
As Mike points out, the Cubs literally traded Lee to Atlanta and squared off at Wrigley Field two days later. Awkward.
Some other 2000s Cubs:
Carlos Zambrano — Marlins (2012)
Mark Grace or Carlos Zambrano— Shawn Foss (@Shawn_Foss) March 17, 2020
Aramis Ramirez — Brewers (2012-15) and Pirates (2015)
Aramis Ramirez— Austyn Smith (@austynsmith21) March 17, 2020
Ryan Theriot — Dodgers (2010), Cardinals (2011) and Giants (2012)
Theriot in a cardinal uni was weird to me. Sosa and Grace also weird.— Roy Thagard (@roythagard) March 17, 2020
Kosuke Fukudome — Indians (2011) and White Sox (2012)
Fukudome on the Sox was pretty weird— Pic (@picatoe9) March 17, 2020
And some more recent Cubs:
Starlin Castro — Yankees (2016-17), Marlins (2018-19) and Nationals (present)
Castro— Eli (@EliPerkins3) March 17, 2020
Dexter Fowler — Cardinals (2017-present)
Dexter Fowler. Too soon and wrong team— Lewdog (@lewdog73) March 17, 2020
Jake Arrieta — Phillies (2018-present)
Arrieta— Kyle (@Cubsfan122112) March 17, 2020
Pedro Strop — Reds (present)
Nick Castellanos — Reds (present)
Nick Castellano’s— sergio lol (@AdielNava2) March 17, 2020
Joe Maddon — Angels (present)
Joe Maddon— David Cribb (@dcribb78) March 17, 2020
And, finally, Jim’s got jokes.
Eloy Jimenez (2019-present)
Eloy ha ha— jim (@WeGotAManThere) March 17, 2020
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