Chicago Cubs: Ian Happ is spreading the good vibes we all need

Ian Happ, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
Ian Happ, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

The MLB season should be about a week in right now. But due to unforeseen circumstances, the season has been put on hold. The Chicago Cubs’ Ian Happ is trying out something new and trying to spread some good vibes as well all await baseball’s return.

The Chicago Cubs’ Ian Happ has started a new podcast called “The Compound,” which talks about his daily living with other Cubs players in Arizona during spring training. According to Cubs reporter Jordan Bastian, the house also includes Nico Hoerner, Zack Short, and Dakota Mekkes.

The podcast goes over remedial things such as their daily activities, and just look at things in a humorous and lighthearted way.

Things like player-run podcasts give a bit of a human element into an athlete’s lives. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that baseball players are just like us on the surface, they’re people, but they just happen to play a sport for a living.

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For those interested, The Compound is available on Spotify and other streaming platforms. Podcasts are becoming the way when it comes to digital media consumption, and there is a podcast for everything these days, so Happ is relating to a lot of people with this new venture.

The Cubs were scheduled to have their home opener last Monday against the Pirates and open the season last Thursday in Milwaukee. The coronavirus pandemic has put a hold on all sports, but it seems like players are finding other ways to keep themselves entertained.

It’s interesting that some Cubs players stayed back in Arizona and didn’t go to their home cities. Situations like this aren’t normal, and the safest place for players to be right now is with their families. It would be interesting to know how many other players from other teams are in their Spring Training locations.

According to Bastian, in his report on Happ’s podcast, which you can read here, Happ is just trying to bring some smiles to people’s faces and keep spirits up until games return. There is a lot to be said for that, and it gives an excellent example of how much players miss playing the games too.

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Currently, one option being discussed is a rumored 100-game season that would eliminate the All-Star game and play the World Series at a neutral site, like Dodger Stadium, according to Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score in Chicago. Short season, or no season, Happ should continue his podcast during the long grind of a typical Major League Baseball season.