How did the Cubs prepare for their first road trip of the 2020 season being played amid COVID-19?
“I bought sheets, I bought my own towels, I’m bringing some Lysols because you don’t know where you’re going,” Cubs catcher Willson Contreras said Sunday.
Taking his own sheets and towels?
“I haven’t gotten that far, but if someone thinks that’s a good idea, I’m down for it,' Cubs infielder Nico Hoerner added.
Those comments came amid MLB’s first coronavirus outbreak of the 2020 season. At least 13 Miami Marlins — 11 players, two coaches — tested positive for the virus in recent days. Miami’s home opener Monday has been postponed, along with the Phillies-Yankees matchup after Philadelphia played Miami over the weekend.
The Cubs open a four-game series Monday against the Reds, who had two players (Mike Moustakas, Nick Senzel) wake up Sunday "not feeling well." Moustakas was placed on the injured list.
Contreras said the Cubs are doing their best to stay safe on the road but they have to make adjustments to feel comfortable, finding things to do inside, like reading a book.
Cubs starter Tyler Chatwood had the option to stay in Chicago but traveled with the team to Cincinnati, hoping to keep as normal a routine as possible.
“Hopefully they got some good movies on the TV, something to watch,” Chatwood said of the team hotel.