Cubs all-stars get booed in Cleveland, but get to relive World Series memories

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The Cubs have returned to Cleveland since the 2016 World Series, but the 2019 All-Star Game presented a special opportunity for Indians bans to boo their hearts out at some of the players that crushed their dreams that year.

Javy Baez, Willson Contreras and Kris Bryant represented the Cubs in the All-Star Game on Tuesday. As each player got introduced, the Cleveland crowd booed them vociferously.

“It definitely brought back that time in our lives,” Bryant said. “If I was a fan, too, I’d boo. That was such a crazy World Series, but really good to be back here and just step on the field again. It brought back a lot of those memories.”

Bryant got booed first as a reserve player, which meant Baez and Contreras had some warning that it could be coming.

“I was hoping that mine wasn’t worse than KB, but it was,” Baez said. “It’s fun to know that the competition gets to them. Obviously there’s great memories here for our team.”

Contreras was in the bullpen warming up to start at catcher. He was somewhat surprised by the booing.

“I don’t know why they hate us,” Contreras said. “We won the World Series here. I didn’t expect something like that. I didn’t expect to be loud against us, but you know what, I have my ring at my house and they can boo me as much as they can.”

 

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