It will still be a few months before the two teams face each other on the field, but the rivalry between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs has just been dialed up a couple of notches.
Speaking on a stage with former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster at Chicago’s off-season fan event, Kris Bryant spoke about his dislike for St. Louis. The conversation began with Bryant being asked about the recent introduction he and Bryce Harper had to Nelly at a Florida-Georgia Line concert.
“He was trying to work the magic on Bryce–who’d want to play in St. Louis, it’s so boring,” said Bryant. “I always get asked like where you like to play, where you don’t like to play. St. Louis is on the list of I don’t like to play.”
“I remember when I was getting traded and they were like hey how about St. Louis and I was like zero chance in hell,” chimed in Dempster. “No way. Won’t even go there as a free agent. Not happening.”
Kris Bryant explaining how playing in St. Louis is terrible. 😂 pic.twitter.com/qYM1mZJfZZ
— Cubs Live (@Cubs_Live) January 19, 2019
As expected, not all of the Cardinals fan base took kindly to that and began to respond on social media.
Those comments were also relayed to St. Louis reliever John Brebbia, who was in Peoria with the Cardinal Caravan. He was quoted by a radio producer as saying “Cry me a river, loser.”
Now it was the Cubs fans that took exception to Brebbia calling out Bryant.
Soon after, the conversation between Bryant and Dempster caught the attention of Yadier Molina, who posted the following response on his Instagram account:
“All stars, elite players and leaders of their teams do not speak bad about any city. There should be respect and you should play and compete with respect… only stupid players and losers make comments like the ones made by bryant and dempster ..
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All stars, elite players and leaders of their teams do not speak bad about any city. There should be respect and you should play and compete with respect… only stupid players and losers make comments like the ones made by bryant and dempster .. #ceroRespectforthisstupidplayers #QuevivaStlouis #LOVESTL
Molina’s post soon received support from Marcell Ozuna and Alex Reyes.
The two teams will meet for the first time in 2019 for a weekend series beginning May 3rd at Wrigley Field.
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