The Cubs had a hilarious gameplan against Willson Contreras’ brother
Saturday’s hug between the Contreras brothers in the bottom of the 1st inning was bigger than baseball — Willson Contreras called it the “best moment of our lives.”
That said, there was still a Major League Baseball game to be played.
The Cubs were looking to pick up a 2nd straight victory after ending a 10-game losing streak Friday while William Contreras’ Braves were looking to start a new hot stretch after a 14-game winning streak was snapped.
Willson knew he was going to be emotional and conflicted while catching and calling pitches against his brother, so he worked on a simple gameplan with Cubs pitcher Justin Steele.
“Before the game, he told me: ‘It’s your pitch-calling against my brother. I’m not calling a pitch. It’s strictly what you want to throw,'” Steele said, laughing. “That was kinda funny when he told me that. We were going over the lineup and instead of saying, ‘Contreras,’ I was like, ‘your brother.'”
So Willson didn’t give Steele any pointers on how to get his little brother out?
“After I told him what I wanted to do facing his brother, he was like, ‘I’m not saying anything. I’m not calling the pitches. You throw what you want to throw to him,'” Steele said.
Willson wanted to be sure he wasn’t comprised in any way. (All in a light-hearted way, of course.)
“I was joking with him: ‘Call your game against my brother because if he gets a basehit, it won’t be me,'” Willson said.
Both brothers wound up having a lot of success at the plate during Saturday’s Cubs victory. William was 2-for-4 with a double while Willson had 3 hits (including a double), an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base.
Beyond the hug, Willson said the two brothers didn’t interact much during the game.
“We went about our business,” Willson said. “We’re brothers, we love each other but we’re still professionals. I still have to respect my team. He has to respect his team and respect baseball. I know we’re having fun but we do have our limits, too.”
Willson was certainly happy with the outcome, as his Cubs wound up 6-3 victors.
“I didn’t want to get beat by my younger brother,” he said. “I’m pretty sure he was thinking the same thing. We’re professionals. We love our teams and we were looking forward to winning.”