MLB All-Star Game pleasure could relieve Cubs pressure
If ever there were a team that needed the All Star Break, it would be the Chicago Cubs.
After getting off to a blistering 25-6 start, the North Siders limped to a 6-15 record to finish out the first half. While a majority of the team will go their separate ways over the break, seven Cubs are out in San Diego to enjoy the All Star Game.
Although many believe this may add to the teams’ struggles to start the second half, it could be just what this team needs.
No Cubs players participated in the Home Run Derby and rumors are swirling that Jake Arrieta may not even see game action after San Francisco’s Johnny Cueto was named the N.L. starting pitcher.
Swings stay intact? Check. Your struggling Cy Young winner sees minimal action if he decides to pitch? Check. After playing 24 games in 24 days, there is no arguing that these players need to unwind. What better place to do that than sunny San Diego with six of your closest friends?
In the age of making baseball fun again, the Cubs seem to being do so already as they arrived in San Diego.
In an interview on ESPN, Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, and Kris Bryant all seemed to be having fun at Addison Russell’s expense who seemed to be curiously missing from the interview. If the Cubs plan to regain their earlier season form, being loose can’t hurt.
Still not convinced that seven Cubs All Stars is beneficial? Let’s not forget that for some reason “this game counts“ As ridiculous as the rule is, the winner of this game still gets home field advantage in the World Series. Why have to rely on others to benefit your own team?
Perhaps I am being a bit optimistic, but there is no reason Cub fans should be worrying about their team having such strong representation in San Diego. Do other fan bases have reasons to be upset? Of course, but look no further than fan voting if you want to take up that argument.
Let the pleasure relieve the pressure, hit reset, and start again in the second half. There’s a long way to go Cub fans.
One exhibition game won’t define the season.