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Jake Marisnick has introduced a new pregame tradition to the Cubs clubhouse

1 month agoAndy Martinez

There’s been a buzz flowing through the Cubs clubhouse lately and it’s not just because of the recent 5-game winning streak the team’s been on.

No, it all stems from a player receiving a package.

“They’re into opening baseball cards,” David Ross said. “It’s like a huge ordeal when somebody gets a new box and you’re going through.”

There’s enthusiasm sparked in the Cubs clubhouse thanks to a new tradition brought from one of this season’s newest players, Jake Marisnick. Marisnick has brought his love of baseball cards to the Cubs’ clubhouse and has passed it along to some of the other guys as a new pregame tradition.

“They’re into some of the new basketball cards, baseball cards, collecting those, opening up packages, everybody’s around,” Ross said.

They even got the skipper involved.

“I didn’t have a whole lotta luck in getting the good cards,” Ross said. “I’m suspended from opening any cards.”

That’s not the case with the rest of the Cubs’ players. They’re on the hunt to get some of the rare, collectible cards and have bragging rights over who they open from a pack.

There might be one card that the Cubs clubhouse will be scouring for, too. Topps releases daily cards commemorating moments from the previous day’s games and sells those specialty cards for one day.

Among those available recently was a two-player card, featuring Anthony Rizzo and Freddie Freeman from the night Rizzo struck out Freeman.

“I hadn’t heard about that,” Ross said with a laugh. “But that would be nice. I’ll see if Rizz can sign me one.”

Fans have seen the impact the Cubs’ bench players like Marisnick, Matt Duffy and Eric Sogard have produced on the field.

But the impact they’re bringing off of it is just as crucial to the camaraderie in the clubhouse. Ross has seen that firsthand.

“These guys are really good baseball players, but they’re good people,” Ross said. “I would seamlessly they fit in well.”

That’s boding well for the Cubs.

“Duff is infectious just being around the type of baseball player he is, how he studies, how he talks to [David] Bote or Nico [Hoerner],” Ross said. “Sogard same way. [Ildemaro] Vargas even brings a spark of energy.

“Some of the guys, I think they affect our coaching staff in a positive way, too.”

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