We are still in the off-season. MLB Spring Training just three weeks away for pitchers and catchers to report in. And, the strongest rivalry in the leagues - St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs - evidently, there is no 'off-season' to fire up the fans ~ especially Cardinals fans and Yadier Molina.
Cubs Kris Bryant may have thought this off-season a bit too quiet. During the "comedy style" discussion at the Cubs Convention, Bryant and former Cubs Ryan Dempster. Bryant stated that St. Louis was boring. Basically that no player in their right mind would want to play for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals Caravans, which began this past Friday, got wind of the news yesterday. And even though Yadier Molina was not a participant on the road. He was at the Cardinals Warm-Up and he, too, 'heard' this bold statement by Bryant, which Dempster was all in and agreed.
No, Molina was not going to let that just hang in the media script.
"Catcher Molina, never one to mince his feelings on social media, then fired back with an Instagram post that included not only a screenshot of Bryant's interview with Dempster, but also a photo of Dempster giving up a home run to then-Cardinal Lance Berkman"
Molina fired back, (on Instagram) "All stars, elite players and leaders of their teams do not speak bad about any city," Molina wrote. "There should be respect, and you should play and compete with respect. Only stupid players and losers make comments like the ones made by Bryant and Dempster."
Which I agree with Molina whole heartedly and different Cardinals players added their own retorts. Pitcher John Brebbia with the Caravan 4 in Peoria IL ~ "responded, playfully, by telling Bryant to, "Cry me a river, loser."
And from LF Marcell Ozuna (priceless):
Marcell Ozuna issued a poetic warning to the Cubs.
"From outside they speak and talk like tiger," wrote Ozuna, "but at the end they [sic] gonna be like little cat."
I, too, feel it is not wise for a supposed professional player(s) to speak ill of any baseball city. Shows how 'shallow' some can be. Maybe not Bryant's intent ~ but it's out there now.
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt". One of my favorite quotes by Abe Lincoln.
That's a lot of Big Smack Talk by Bryant who only holds a .245 BA against the Cardinals and a low .222 BA at Busch Stadium for the past two seasons. Maybe that's why he finds it so "boring". A kid that slapped his own organization in the face ~ refusing a very nice and lucrative offer - multi-year contract worth around $200 million, reports ESPN's Dave Kaplan. (Oct. 2018). He is under team control until 2022 and becomes a free agent the same year. Is he truly not all about the Cubs either?
In my opinion, pretty shallow for such a young player on both counts who had an injury riddled 2018 season.
But rest assured, his small statement - comedy style or not - has just lighted up the Cardinals and their extraordinary fan base.
Doesn't take much to insult and stoke the Cardinals fans in one of the greatest baseball rivalries in both leagues. In my opinion, Bryant with his mouth, just increased that two-fold. He insulted their city - not good.
Their first series will be May 3-5 at Wrigley Field in 2019. THEN, the Cubs come to Busch Stadium May 31 for the weekend. And trust me, Cardinals fans will show no "warm and fuzzy" for Bryant when he comes to the plate.
This alone may just be the "fire" to stoke the Cardinals even further for, what I anticipate, a very strong season. Just have to love the media, social or not, for bringing such a stupid statement to light.
You may check out the full story with reactions from other Cardinals players ~ from Jenifer Langosch and Matt Kelly, MLB.com
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