If this was 2016, the Cubs might not have bothered to acquire Rene Rivera. But this isn’t 2016. The Cubs have a vastly different catching situation than they did a year ago. But even more importantly, they’ve been unable to build any sort of lead in a crowded National League Central race. Rivera, claimed off waivers from the New York Mets on Saturday morning, almost surely won’t end up being the guy who fuels the Cubs’ pulling away from the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals. But with Willson Contreras on the disabled list, Miguel Montero on the Toronto Blue Jays, Alex Avila not even a month into his Cubs tenure and Victor Caratini just 17 games into his big league career, adding an extra
Baseball players, just by nature of being together everyday from February to October, go through periods where they find weird good-luck charms, adopt random animals that are rally-bringers and decide that the most random things are making them lose. It came this week from the Toronto Blue Jays, who decided to stop wearing their new all-red uniforms that celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday because they’re “bad luck.” The Jays were supposed to wear them for all Sunday home games this season, plus for Canada Day. Is that the red uniforms fault, Justin Smoak?
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar talks about getting a bit emotional after his big hit Saturday, and the feeling of playing at Wrigley Field with so many Blue Jays fans in attendance. ---------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Sportsnet on YouTube - http://sprtsnt.ca/2paAT2L Visit Sportsnet.ca for more sports news and highlights - http://www.sportsnet.ca Follow Sportsnet on Facebook - http://sprtsnt.ca/YTFB Follow Sportsnet on Twitter - http://sprtsnt.ca/YTTWTR Follow Sportsnet on Instagram - http://sprtsnt.ca/YTINST Follow Sportsnet on Snapchat - http://sprtsnt.ca/YTSNAP