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Cubs all-stars get booed in Cleveland, but get to relive World Series memories

Cubs all-stars get booed in Cleveland, but get to relive World Series memories

The Cubs have returned to Cleveland since the 2016 World Series, but the 2019 All-Star Game presented a special opportunity for Indians bans to boo their hearts out at some of the players that crushed their dreams that year.

Javy Baez, Willson Contreras and Kris Bryant represented the Cubs in the All-Star Game on Tuesday. As each player got introduced, the Cleveland crowd booed them vociferously.

“It definitely brought back that time in our lives,” Bryant said. “If I was a fan, too, I’d boo. That was such a crazy World Series, but really good to be back here and just step on the field again. It brought back a lot of those memories.”

Bryant got booed first as a reserve player, which meant Baez and Contreras had some warning that it could be coming.

“I was hoping that mine wasn’t worse than KB, but it was,” Baez said. “It’s fun to know that the competition gets to them. Obviously there’s great memories here for our team.”

Contreras was in the bullpen warming up to start at catcher. He was somewhat surprised by the booing.

“I don’t know why they hate us,” Contreras said. “We won the World Series here. I didn’t expect something like that. I didn’t expect to be loud against us, but you know what, I have my ring at my house and they can boo me as much as they can.”

 

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Nick Castellanos gets emotional after hearing Joe Maddon’s compliment

Nick Castellanos gets emotional after hearing Joe Maddon’s compliment

On his radio show on 670 The Score, Laurence Holmes recently asked Joe Maddon about new Cubs outfielder Nick Castellanos. Maddon told Holmes not only does Castellano have good at-bats, but praised the player’s attitude as well.

“A couple of games ago we had that bad game in Philadelphia and I took everybody out but him," Maddon said. "So he came standing next to me before his next at-bat and I said ‘How ya doing man?’ He said, ‘Listen, I’m fine, I want to play all nine innings here because by getting one more hit, I get one more hit closer to 3,000, and he doesn’t just say that. This kid really believes this stuff. Before every game he looks at me in the eyeballs, we do the fist bump and he says ‘Happy Opening Day!’ He treats every day like it’s Opening Day. What a wonderful way to go through your Major League Baseball life, because that’s what happens sometimes, you forget what it’s like when you show up for the very first day, what that feels like and if there’s a way you can even trick yourself to re-capturing those moments, do it.”

Tuesday afternoon Castellanos got to hear Maddon’s kind words and got emotional, tearing up on camera and returning the love for his new team and the sport. Watch the interaction in the video above.

“It’s easy for something that we love to get looked at like a business," Castellanos said. "I feel like that sucks. Not just in baseball, but in everything in life. It just makes me feel good to hear him say that.”

It’s refreshing to see a player be so open and honest about his love for the game beyond all the business and politics of Major League ball.

Castellanos was acquired by the Cubs from the Detroit Tigers on July 31. He is currently hitting .348 with six homers, seven doubles, eight RBIs, 14 runs and a 1.102 OPS in his first 17 games with Chicago.

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Cubs option David Bote to Triple-A Iowa

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Cubs option David Bote to Triple-A Iowa

David Bote signed a 5-year contract with the Cubs at the beginning of the year, but he is headed to Triple-A Iowa.

Bote joins Ian Happ, Addison Russell and Albert Almora Jr. as notable Cubs position players to be sent to Iowa.

Bote's production isn't as bad as the other three. In fact, Bote has respectable numbers at the plate.

In 310 plate appearances this season the 26-year-old is hitting .257/.352/.429. His OPS+ is 100, meaning he has been exactly league average.

The corresponding roster move was not yet announced, but it is expected that reliever Steve Cishek will be activated ahead of Tuesday's game against the San Francisco Giants.

Mark Zagunis was also sent back to Iowa after serving as the 26th man for Sunday's Little League Classic.

 

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