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Cubs players celebrated Opening Day the only way they can

2 years agoTony Andracki

On what was supposed to be Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, Cubs players celebrated on social media the only way they could during these quarantine times — on social media.

It’s still unknown when the 2020 season will start and in lieu of real-life games, Marquee Sports Network simulated the Cubs-Brewers game on Facebook Thursday afternoon (and yes, the Cubs won).

Players don’t know when they’ll be reunited as a team back on a baseball field and they took to their respective social media accounts to make Thursday a special day, even if no meaningful games were played.

Javy Báez used a magician’s hat emoji to help communicate how much he misses putting on a Cubs uniform and playing the game he loves:

Jason Heyward concurs:

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Anthony Rizzo and his social media savvy dog, Kevin, continue their charitable efforts even if it’s not how they anticipated spending Thursday, March 26:

Jon Lester went so far as to call it the “worst opening day ever” but understands why this is happening and gave a shout-out to healthcare workers everywhere:

Willson Contreras shared MLB’s Opening Day video (narrated by Mike Trout) and a Spanish version (narrated by Jaime Jarrín, the Spanish language voice of the Dodgers):

Newest Cub, Steven Souza Jr., missed all of last season with a knee injury and is itching to get back on the field:

Len Kasper is binge-watching some classic baseball games online and on TV:

Cubs public address announcer Andrew Belleson wasn’t in Wrigley Field, but he still gave a complete rundown of the starting lineup (including Yu Darvish getting the ball on Opening Day):

Cubs legend Fergie Jenkins wishes the circumstances were better, but also preached the need for safety and thanked nurses and doctors:

A bunch of celebrities weighed in with their favorite Cubs memories, too, including Nick Offerman (aka Ron Swanson):

Actor Joe Mantegna from “Criminal Minds”:

And former Bears kicker Robbie Gould also shared a photo of him throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley:

It wasn’t the type of Opening Day celebration we thought was going to take place today, but hey, at least there’s social media (and the Cubs are 1-0 in our virtual season!).

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