Addison Russell greeted with boos from Cubs fans in return from suspension

Jack BaerYahoo Sports Contributor

Addison Russell is officially back with the Chicago Cubs after a 40-game suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence policy.

Russell had been publicly accused by his now ex-wife Melisa Reidy of repeated physical and emotional abuse during their marriage, making him one of the most high-profile domestic violence cases that MLB has experienced. The Cubs decided to stick by the shortstop in the offseason as he underwent therapy and anger management training.

Naturally, that led to many Cubs fans believing Russell no longer deserved a spot on their team. It sounded like plenty of those fans were on hand for Russell’s 2019 debut.

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Cubs fans boo Addison Russell after domestic violence suspension

Leading off for the Cubs in the third inning, Russell was received by a fairly loud amount of booing from the Wrigley Field faithful.

While there were cheers in support of Russell, most reporters at the game concluded they were outweighed by the boos.

The booing returned when Russell struck out on five pitches against Miami Marlins starter José Ureña.

That reaction from Wrigley Field could be a signal that the Cubs might have underestimated the backlash among their fans against Russell, who said before the game that he thought he would receive a positive reaction.

“I’m not sure, I’m really not sure,” Russell said when asked what he was expecting. “Good or bad, I think, in my mind, it’s going to be a positive reaction because of how hard I’ve worked to get here. I’ve realized there’s a long road ahead of me, but I’m happy that I’m here in Chicago.”

Russell had an otherwise nondescript return. He finished 0-for-3 with a walk. The Cubs won the game 3-2 in 11 innings on Jason Heyward’s walk-off home run.

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell addresses the media about his suspension for domestic violence Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 during spring training in Mesa, Ariz. (Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell addresses the media about his suspension for domestic violence Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 during spring training in Mesa, Ariz. (Getty Images)

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