In early June, rumors surrounded Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell. Since then, he continues to put his best foot forward on the diamond.
With a reported league investigation hovering over him, Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell did the only thing he can do: put his head down and keep working. If you asked the young infielder, the month of June may very well be one of the roughest of his life.
After his wife, Melisa, blasted him in a social media post accusing him of adultery, a friend levied harsh accusations against Russell. She accused him of physically and mentally abusing his wife, drawing immediate attention from MLB. Last week, she filed for divorce from the former All-Star.
With turmoil all around him, the 23-year-old Russell is turning in his best offensive stretch of the season. And, without coincidence, some of the Cubs’ best offensive performances came in that same period.
To get out of this .500 rut they’ve spun their wheels in all season, Chicago needs Addison Russell. If the first three weeks of June are any indication, then this team may really be nearing a turning point.