The Chicago Cubs have an organization stocked full of young talent who have yet to make the big league roster. A handful of young stars already made their debut and impression in the league. Skipper Joe Maddon isn’t a fan of “pimping” home runs.
However, he has made an exception for a few along the way. His belief is that players need to act like they have been there before. Something he made very clear in his first Spring Training with the Chicago Cubs.
What made things somewhat awkward is that former Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians outfielder, Manny Ramirez is on the staff. One man who just so happens to be the King of pimping home runs. Manny being Manny, so what can you do?
Aside from having an outstanding career, Ramirez has worked well with some of the younger hitters including Javier Baez. A relationship that is very strong.
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Speaking of Baez, Javier has been on the wrong end of showing off opposing pitchers — not like it was on purpose or anything. We all know how excited someone can get when it comes to hitting a home run.
The adrenaline and the crowd going crazy can get in your head, resulting in you flipping the bat and jogging your way to first base.
Only to find out that the ball did not leave the yard. It happens to the best of them, so you shouldn’t be worried, right? Well, rookie catcher Willson Contreras felt the need to apologize.
You’re Young, It’s Alright
Aside from Ben Zobrist, Cubs’ hitters were struggling to stay ahead of Kluber as he struck out nine prior to being removed. And then Andrew Miller entered, allowed the Cubs to load the bases and got out of it.
Miller struck out David Ross who couldn’t check his swing in time. Potentially, striking out on a pitch that would have scored a run and kept the inning alive. But to Contreras, that wasn’t his issue.
With the Cubs down big in the ninth inning, Contreras got ahold of a pitch and drove it out to right field. A part of the yard that Kyle Schwarber nearly went deep himself but the wind blowing in, kept it in play. Willson, like Schwarber, thought it was gone.
After the game, Contreras took to his own Twitter handle and felt the need to apologize to the fans, organization, and the sport as well. Saying that he didn’t mean to disrespect anyone. Which is all good and fine.
But there was no need to apologize in the first place. It just shows how well Maddon is handling his players. Remember back in Los Angeles, Rizzo jumped the gun and made his way towards first base on a pitch he thought was called a ball.
He returned to the plate, picked up his bat and said sorry to the home plate umpire, Angel Perez. Shortly after, both men stood at the plate and Rizzo apologized for the second time. Perez acknowledged that he’s competing right now and pointed out how good of a man he was for approaching him.
Great mindset to have as a big league player.