Willson Contreras acting like the angry ex in his latest Cubs comments

Feb 15, 2023; Jupiter, FL, USA;  St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas (39) greets catcher Willson Contreras.
Feb 15, 2023; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas (39) greets catcher Willson Contreras. / Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

We've all been through those break-ups in our lives. Things end, emotions run high on both sides and behind-the-scenes finger pointing takes place. That's kind of like the last five or so months between the Cubs and their former All-Star catcher Willson Contreras.

There's just one glaring exception to this situation. Contreras, who signed a five-year, $87.5 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals this offseason, has had no problem loudly trumpeting the superiority of his new partner, much to the dismay of Cubs fans who came to love him over the years.

On one hand, I get it. What's the guy supposed to say: he preferred his former organization over the one that just handed him a lavish long-term deal? On the other hand, new Cub Cody Bellinger has handled changing organizations flawlessly, praising the Dodgers and reflecting fondly on his time there in public comments, while expressing excitement for this new chapter set to begin with the Cubs.

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Contreras' comments shouldn't surprise anybody. He's a guy who loves to be disliked, especially by rival teams. Throw in the fact the only professional organization he'd ever spent time with made it pretty clear they had zero interest in keeping him long-term and it makes sense things could get a little heated.

As a lifelong Cubs fan and someone who's written about the team for more than a decade, I can't sit here and say the Cardinals are a poorly-run organization because that's blatantly false. Any knowledgeable baseball fan understands the Cardinals are a model organization and one that any franchise would be smart to emulate.

But the old-school v. new-school approach to the day-to-day is a matter of personal preference and these comments feel more like a play to endear himself to a fanbase that spent the better part of the last decade hating him, while also taking a passing shot at his ex, in this case, the Cubs.

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St. Louis has long been the definition of consistency, has managed to make blockbuster trades for guys like Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt - and then extend them which, in and of itself, is a key differentiator from a team like the Cubs. The issue here isn't with what he said. For me, it's the fact he said it at all and has refused to take the high road in the wake of this long-anticipated breakup.