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Getting political: Iowa Cubs to play a game as Iowa Caucuses

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Getting political: Iowa Cubs to play a game as Iowa Caucuses

The Iowa Cubs are not sticking to sports.

The Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate is having some fun with the state’s unique politics. On Friday, the I-Cubs will wear gear calling the team the Iowa Caucuses.

MiLB.com has the details on the team’s politically-inspired uniforms.

Iowa’s caucuses are the first primaries of the presidential campaign. The Iowa caucuses more officially kick off the presidential race on Feb. 3, 2020.

The team’s jerseys will feature blue sleeves with white stars in the style of the American flag. The name “Iowa Caucuses” will be across the chest. On the back of the jersey is the shape of Iowa with the slogan “1st in the nation.”

The cap also features a state of Iowa logo with a big foam finger that says “1st” on it.


"We're not involved in giving any sort of endorsement, but we acknowledge and welcome being part of the process," Iowa Cubs assistant general manager Randy Wehofer told MiLB.com. "That's what this whole thing is about."

In addition to the jerseys, staff from the Iowa Secretary of State will be at the game to allow voters to register or update their information as well as providing information on how caucuses work.

 

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Kris Bryant has another solid night with Triple-A Iowa

Kris Bryant has another solid night with Triple-A Iowa

Kris Bryant had another encouraging outing with the I-Cubs helping the club beat the Oklahoma City Dodgers 8-3. The Cubs 3rd baseman went 1-2 with two walks, scored a run, and drove in another on his lone hit of the night. And of course the fans in Des Moines, IA were just a little excited to see the Cubs superstar return to the club for the first time since 2015. 

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Joe Maddon mentioned how important Tuesday's game was in determining how ready Bryant would be to return. And with the 26-year-old just nearly missing a home run in the 1st inning and getting on base three times Tuesday night, it's safe to say Bryant should be rejoining the Cubs soon. 

"It sounds like we're on pretty good track right now," Maddon said. "I think tonight's gonna tell a lot about when he's coming back. This will be the night to pay attention to."

Bryant spoke to the Iowa media prior to Tuesday's start and mentioned that he expected to be in Iowa for another game or two before finally returning to Chicago. 

The Iowa Cubs have a doubleheader Wednesday and the Cubs don't have a spot readily available but could keep Bryant in Iowa for another day and send someone like Alec Mills back down for a few games after he finishes up the series finale with the Mets Wednesday. It would require Bryant do quite a bit of traveling with the Cubs having one makeup game with the Braves on Thursday in Atlanta and then start a three-game series with the Phillies this up-coming weekend. 

But the big takeaway is Kris Bryant finally looks healthy and ready to contribute on the major-league level once again. 

Cubs infielder Ryan Court had a special night in Iowa

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Cubs infielder Ryan Court had a special night in Iowa

The farm system doesn't have the big names it once did, as the majority of the top prospects have graduated to the Major League roster, but that doesn't mean the minor league clubs aren't having fun. 

Take 29-year-old Ryan Court, a minor league infielder who has bounced around from Arizona and Boston's systems and found a home this year with the Cubs triple-A affiliate in Des Moines, IA. Court has had a solid season in Iowa, slashing .272/.347/.410 in 74 games, but might have had his finest game as I-Cub Friday night against the New Orleans Baby Cakes. 

Court came up in the 8th inning last night needing just a triple to hit for the cycle, but his club was on the verge of taking the lead in the after scoring three runs prior to his at-bat.

With Bote on 1st, the game tied at 8 runs apiece, Court placed a ball in front of the right fielder who overplayed the ball and allowed Bote to score from first and Court to scamper to third to complete the cycle. 

The I-Cubs would tack on another run to polish off a 5-run 8th inning and take home the win in a 10-8 victory over the Baby Cakes, and according to Des Moines Register's Tommy Birch, it was the first time in two decades an Iowa player has hit for the cycle. 

It's unlikely Ryan Court will make his way to the big leagues with the Cubs already carrying plenty of infielders, but for one night he played the hero and got his team the win, finishing the night 4-5 with 2 RBI, 4 runs scored and one massive smile on his face.