Cubs' Plans to Honor Two Cardinals' Legends Are Ridiculous
The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals have one of baseball's oldest rivalries. It's one that dates all the way back to the late 1800's and has had countless bitter meetings on the diamond. That's what makes the idea of honoring a pair of Cardinals' legends at Wrigley Field on Thursday seem utterly ridiculous.
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The Cubs announced that there will be a pregame ceremony for Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina ahead of the 2:20 p.m. ET scheduled first pitch. Talk about a punch to the gut for Chicagoans. These are two players that have tortured Cubs pitchers and caused agony to the fan base for two decades.
Keep in mind Pujols has hit 30 home runs at Wrigley Field in his career, which is more than any other player in MLB history. He has also slashed .292/.393/.602 to go along with 130 runs scored and 147 RBI against the Cubs in his career. Honoring someone who has crushed you doesn't scream "rivalry."
Now, Pujols is a for sure Hall of Famer and his recent run at 700 career home runs has baseball fans buying into his retirement tour. That's a bit understandable. However, Molina is a whole different story. The veteran catcher has been at the forefront of multiple bench-clearing incidents over the years.
The most recent occurrence was when Molina didn't take kindly to being hit by a pitch in 2019 and let pitcher Cole Hamels know about it. Players were quick to come out of the dugouts before things eventually settled down. Molina's hot temper has gotten him on the bad side of many Cubs fans.
It'll be interesting to see if Pujols and Molina are met with boos or cheers on Thursday afternoon. As for the game, the Cardinals are slight favorites on the moneyline at -110 odds, per FanDuel Sportsbook.
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