PITTSBURGH – It was fitting that the Cubs finished off their final road trip in style. After all Joe Maddon has come up with a number of different ones for the team’s attire this season.
As they team boarded a plane to Cincinnati following a rare tie against the Pirates due to rain on Thursday night, they decided to channel their love for another sport along with a rookie ritual connected to it.
Per the instructions of Maddon the Cubs had a football jerseys trip for the short travel from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati with each player donning their favorite high school, college or pro team’s gridiron colors.
Maddon donned a jersey of his Alma Mater Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania during his pregame media session.
Catcher David Ross and pitcher Pedro Strop donned the jersey of former Raiders running back Bo Jackson but a number of his teammates paid tribute to one of the NFL’s greatest running backs.
Javier Baez, Miguel Montero, Addison Russell and Ben Zobrist were among those who wore the number 34 uniform of Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Walter Payton. Arguably the best player in franchise history, Payton rushed for 16,726 yards from 1985-1987 and held the NFL rushing record when he retired.
Pitcher Justin Grimm posted this picture of him and Aroldis Chapman wearing the NFL jerseys of two former University of Georgia football standouts. Chapman wore the jersey of Bengals receiver A.J. Green while Grimm wore Todd Gurley’s Rams jersey.
Third baseman Kris Bryant donned the jersey of former Bears tight end and coach Mike Ditka. While these were fun styles for the players to show off, the rookies had to don some less than desirable uniforms.
The first year players for the Cubs had to dress up as cheerleaders just as they did back in 2015. Ross would later get a picture of the entire group with the rookie cheerleaders right up front.
From now on the only different styles the Cubs would like to wear are the shirts they get with each playoff round victory. How many wardrobe changes they’ll make over the next month depends if they keep their style going on the field as well as they have the last six months.