Imagine going to a remote part of the world on a vacation when a pandemic starts to spread. Then imagine you’re stuck with some fans of your rival team.
OK, that second part might actually bring levity to an otherwise stressful situation, but that’s the reality for some Cubs and Cardinals fans. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the story of some Cubs and Cards fans who went on a trip to Antarctica, but are now struggling to get back home.
Cubs fans Dylan and Heather Sanderson went on the trip for their honeymoon. When the coronavirus outbreak hit, they were on a boat that took them from Argentina to Antarctica. They are now docked on the southernmost tip of South America and in quarantine off the coast of Argentina.
The Sandersons found some Cardinals fans on board during their isolation. The typical Cubs-Cards fans interactions became a welcome change of pace.
“The lighthearted banter has been a welcome break from everything going on with our situation,” Dylan Sanderson told Goold.
The Sandersons have booked flights home, but are concerned about travel logistics as more restrictions are put in place.
Regardless, this story shows that the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry stretches to the edge of the world, even in a pandemic.
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José Quintana is one of the more divisive players on the Cubs. The club acquired him from the White Sox in July 2017, sending top Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease to the South Side.
In the long run, that trade will be viewed as one-sided. But no matter how you feel about it, Jimenez and Cease were the price for a durable starting pitcher with a solid track record and team-friendly contract.
We all remember the trade. Let’s get into some lesser known facts about the Cubs left-hander.
1. Quintana is the only pitcher to make 10 or more starts for both the Cubs and White Sox in the same season. In fact, he made nearly a clean split between the Sox (18) and Cubs (14) in 2017.
Bonus: the Quintana trade was the first Cubs-Sox deal since November 2006. The Cubs acquired Neal Cotts in exchange for David Aardsma and Carlos Vasquez.
2. Quintana is one of 24 Colombian born players in MLB history. Others include shortstops Orlando Cabrera and Edgar Renteria, and starter Julio Teheran.
3. On the last note, Quintana pitched for Colombia in the 2017 World Baseball Classic — the country's first appearance in the tournament. He made one start, allowing an earned run in 5 2/3 innings in an extra innings loss to the U.S.
4. As a prospect with the Yankees, Quintana learned to speak English by watching Jimmy Fallon’s late-night talk show on NBC.
Come on, that’s pretty cool.
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