Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo, Reds Amir Garrett hoping for the best
Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo and the Cincinnati Reds’ Amir Garrett wish they knew what the season would hold–but they don’t
The Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds don’t know what the season will hold. The Reds and Amir Garrett are hoping for 162 games. The Cubs and Anthony Rizzo? He’s hoping for a ‘one-off’ season, and he assumes to play it that way. Either way, Rizzo and Garrett are hoping for the best.
The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo thinks that the season will be shortened. How long? Who knows. 120 games? 81 games? But whatever it is, it will be. The question is how long. He knows they want to get as many games as they can. But how long will they play?
"“This is going to be a one-off season, so I think it’s a good opportunity for one-off things. Let’s make this game as exciting as we can. It’s going to be a sprint,” Rizzo said. “…When it gets going, I’m sure you’re going to see a lot of crazy ideas thrown out there, but I don’t think anything is crazy at this point when it comes to starting back up, scheduling and travel and all that.” h/t Matt Snyder, CBS Sports"
Garrett, on the other hand, is hoping for a full season. Doubleheaders. Lots of doubleheaders. Pushing the season back until October. Opening Day in June. He thinks the offseason is ‘too long.’ The 3.21 ERA last year serves its purpose. So it may be long, but not that long.
"“Man, hey, whatever. Let’s do it,” Garrett said. “I don’t really care, man. I’m a gamer. Let’s just go and let’s do it. I don’t care. Whatever we have to do, let’s get all 162 in somehow. I don’t mind. I think offseason is too long anyway, to be honest.” h/t Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati Enquirer"
I don’t mind neutral sites for playoff games. Look at the Super Bowl. So your good there. I don’t, however, like playing games past October. For instance, New York, as well as Chicago, is too damn cold. Now Miami? Okay–if you want it there. But I for sure wouldn’t. Just saying.
Garrett and Rizzo are hoping for some semblance of baseball–even just a dash of hope. So 81 games? Perfect. As long as there’s baseball, Garrett and Rizzo wouldn’t mind. Not at all. So break out the 81 games. Heck, break out the 40 games. Who cares? I don’t, and the fans wouldn’t mind, either.