A flippant comment by the Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant calling St. Louis “boring” fired a shot across the bow of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Bryant uttered his comments in a talk show-style discussion with Ryan Dempster at Cubs Convention in January.
“Who would want to play in St. Louis? So boring. It’s so boring,” Bryant said. “I always get asked like, ‘Where do you like to play? Where do you not like to play?’ St. Louis is on the list where I don’t like to play.”
Predictably, the response drew a loud cheer from the Cub fans in attendance.
Dempster added his thoughts. “I remember when I was getting traded,” quipped Dempster, “and they asked me, ‘Hey, how about St. Louis?’ I said, ‘Zero chance, pal. No way.’ I wouldn’t even go there as a free agent. Not happening.”
But it wasn’t just Cubs fans that were listening. St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina did not take kindly to the repartee and did not consider it witty much less funny. So he took to Instagram to voice his displeasure.
“All stars, elite players and leaders of their teams do not speak bad about any city,” Molina wrote. “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.”
Molina, who is no stranger social media, posted a screenshot of Bryant’s interview with Dempster. To add a little spice to the post, he added a photo of Dempster giving up a home run to then-Cardinal Lance Berkman.
“Like I said to the guys, we are like a family,” Molina said of his response. “We had to stick together and had to defend ourselves and defend our ground. Whenever anybody says anything about us, we have to be there to defend us. St. Louis is home. If anybody has anything bad to say about my home, I’m going to be there for us.”
At the Cardinals Winter Warm-Up, St. Louis General Manager Michael Girsch gave his take on the situation.
“If Yadi feels like it got him a little bit more excited for 2019 then that will work,” Girsch said. Boring? Molina begs to differ, defending St. Louis as ‘home’
The Cardinals-Cubs rivalry is one of the top ones in baseball. Fans on both the red and blue sides live and die by how their team does. It’s a feud that St. Louis reliever John Brebbia says is great.Brebbia took to Twitter to respond to Bryant’s comments. He wrote: “Cry me a River, loser. #stlcards.” Immediately, Brebbia’s remark went viral.
“I was surprised to see that,” Brebbia said. “I’m not much of a social media guru. I got a little taste of what it’s like to have my photo on an Instagram page or whatever it’s called.”
Brebbia first learned about Bryant’s comments while on a Cardinals caravan stop in Peoria, Illinois.
“We were doing a Q & A, you could call it a Town Hall-style setup,” Brebbia said. “Someone asked if we had heard the comment that Kris Bryant made. We didn’t know what he said. He mentioned Kris called St. Louis boring, and I don’t know anybody in St. Louis who enjoys that opinion. So, I just tried to shuffle that off to the side.
“I got to see [Molina’s reaction] later that evening. He’s a guy who is passionate about this city. It’s been good to him. So he has my full support for sure.”
St. Louis manager Mike Shildt got involved as well when he met with the media at the Cardinals’ annual Winter Warm-Up.
“You know, I support Yadi’s comments completely,” Shildt said. He added that he respects Kris as a player and that he’s entitled to his opinion. “I also respect our catcher, Yadi, and I back his comments.”
Brebbia said he thinks the mid-winter ribbing was good for baseball.
“I think it was a good way to remind everyone that Cardinals-Cubs are going to be back in action soon,” Brebbia said.
St. Louis pitcher Chasen Shreve, who like Bryant, is from Las Vegas, said he was trying to stay out of it “because Kris is a good buddy of mine.”
“It’s all fun and games really,” he said. “We take it seriously but at the same time, maybe we think Chicago is a little boring. I don’t know. It’s all opinion. We’re ready to get out there and beat the Cubs this year.”
The first of 19 regular-season games between the two teams will take place May 3 at Wrigley Field. Chicago comes to St. Louis for the first time for a weekend series beginning May 31.