Even Though It's Chilly, Cubs Pleased To Play In Non-Arctic Conditions Again

The Cubs expressed their displeasure with having to play in miserable conditions Saturday.

Bruce Levine
April 17, 2018 - 7:29 pm
Cubs infielder Javier Baez

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By Bruce Levine--

CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- While it was still chilly, the 37-degree game time temperature for the Cubs on Tuesday evening seemed like summer compared to the elements of the past few days.

The Cubs beat the Braves in miserable conditions Saturday that caused manager Joe Maddon to express his displeasure about the decision to play. Then the Cubs had games postponed against the Braves on Sunday and against the Cardinals on Monday as wind chills were in the 20s and snow fell.

"Nothing we can do about it," first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. "You just have fun with it, have fun with the guys and make the best of it."

The players' union entered the discussion over the weekend after the conditions that the Cubs and Braves were subjected to Saturday. Players from both teams talked to union heads about a game in which the temperature was in the 30s and the wind chill in the 20s as a steady rain fell with high winds.

So how does one even deal with it?

"Everyone has to play in these conditions," shortstop Addison Russell said. "You must adjust. Baseball is a game of adjustments."

The two off days didn't change the Cubs' pitching rotation, as right-hander Tyler Chatwood was pushed back to get the start against the Cardinals on Tuesday evening. He'll be going on six days rest.

"Saturday might have been a worse day than Sunday," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. "There is always eight to 10 people in the room when we are talking through this stuff. You are getting weather forecasts and then you are considering time. It is never easy. We have made mistakes in the past. We have made right decisions in the past. There will be mistakes in the  future. You are trying to keep everyone happy. You are trying to predict something that is unpredictable."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.