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Laura Ricketts explains her perspective on Cubs' controversial deal for Daniel Murphy

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Laura Ricketts explains her perspective on Cubs' controversial deal for Daniel Murphy

As promised, Laura Ricketts has unveiled her thoughts on the Cubs' controversial trade for Daniel Murphy last week. 

Ricketts — who is part of the Cubs ownership group with her three brothers — is openly gay and has a unique perspective on the arrival of Murphy to Chicago's North Side three years after his comments saying he disagrees with the gay "lifestyle."

Ricketts released a statement on Twitter regarding how the deal came to fruition and how the Cubs thought about the deal in the context of Murphy's three-year-old comments.

She confirmed she was consulted about the trade before it happened and was on board with the acquisition:



Since several people have asked...yes, I was consulted prior to the Daniel Murphy trade. There were several thoughtful conversations among Cubs executives, my brothers and me, as well as with Billy Bean, MLB’s Ambassador for Inclusion and the subject of Daniel’s 2015 comments.

I know Billy and have immense respect for him and his work with the league. Billy, who has since developed a friendship with Daniel, was very positive and encouraging.

After these considered and thoughtful conversations, which took place precisely because of the Cubs’ sensitivities on the matter, I was on board with the trade.

Before his Wrigley Field Cubs debut Thursday evening, Murphy was asked about his comments and if his views have changed and he also pointed to his relationship with Bean.

"What I would say to that is that I've been able to foster a really positive relationship with Billy Bean since that time," Murphy said. "I'm really excited to continue to cultivate that relationship that we've built. 

"Billy, his job I think is Ambassador for Inclusion with Major League Baseball is a vital role so that everyone feels included, not only in our industry in baseball, but in all aspects of life."

Sunday is the 18th annual "Out at Wrigley" Day at the "Friendly Confines" and Murphy is in the Cubs lineup, leading off once again.

When asked about the event and how he would address Cubs fans who are upset about his comments, Murphy said Thursday:

"Oh dear. I would hope that you would root for the Cubs."

Laura said she and her brother, Tom, will be in attendance at Wrigley for the event:

This is the Cubs's second LGBTQ event of the 2018 season. They also held Pride Day June 10 where they gave away rainbow hats to fans attending the game against the Pirates.

Javier Báez leaves Sunday's game with right heel contusion, though he expects to play on Monday

Javier Báez leaves Sunday's game with right heel contusion, though he expects to play on Monday

Cubs shortstop Javier Báez exited Sunday's game against the Nationals in sixth inning with a right heel contusion.

Báez appeared to turn his right ankle charging a softly hit groundball by Nationals pitcher Jeremy Hellickson in the third inning. Cubs manager Joe Maddon went out to check on Báez, though the shortstop stayed in the game after a brief discussion.

Addison Russell, who was set to pinch hit for Báez in the sixth inning before Anthony Rizzo grounded into an inning-ending double play, took over at shortstop in the bottom half of the inning. Sunday was Russell's first appearance at shortstop since Sept. 19, 2018, as he recently returned from a 40-game suspension for violating MLB's domestic violence policy.

The move was likely precautionary, as the Cubs held a 6-1 lead when Báez exited the game and play again on Monday night. He expects to play on Monday against Jake Arrieta and the Phillies, according to ESPN's Jesse Rogers.

The Nationals scored three times in the sixth inning, cutting the Cubs' lead to 6-4. Russell made a throwing error on his first attempt, though it was a deflected ball off of Hendricks' glove. While the Cubs obviously want Báez healthy and on the field, they managed to pull out a 6-5 win in his absence.

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Yu Darvish vs. Jake Arrieta face off at Wrigley Field

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Yu Darvish vs. Jake Arrieta face off at Wrigley Field

Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by NBC Sports Chicago Cubs producers Eric Strobel and Nate Poppen to break down Monday night's big matchup between former Cub Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish.

The trio discuss the history and dynamics behind the matchup (2:00), the statistical comparison between the two pitchers over the past two seasons and their potential going forward (4:00), the difference in mental makeup between Jake and Yu (11:00), and Jake's massively important place in Cubs history (17:30).

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

Cubs Talk Podcast

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