Having formally determined that playing baseball in St. Louis is too boring to bear, Major League Baseball has decreed that the Cardinals now must play the Chicago Cubs in London, England next year.
With the Yankees and Red Sox kicking off a series in England this year, it’ll be the Cubs and Cardinals in summer 2020, according to multiple reports. And per the Sun-Times, the series otherwise would have been in St. Louis. So. You know. Insert jokes.
In all seriousness, it’ll be a really fun way for fans across the pond to be exposed to this rivalry (and the sport in general), and perhaps we can make some new Cubs fans out of a few Londoners. Bonus? When Paul Goldschmidt hits one to right center, we get to shout at Albert Almora and Jason Heyward: “MIND THE GAP!”
In case you’re curious, the way MLB is handling gate receipts for the Red Sox/Yankees series (was otherwise going to be in Boston), the Red Sox are getting their expected gate reimbursed by MLB, so that figures to be the same case for the Cardinals. The Cubs, meanwhile, will get reimbursed for expenses (presumably travel, lodging, etc.). The Cubs were going to be traveling anyway – albeit not quite as far – so it’s a little less skin off their nose than the Cardinals. And it’ll certainly be a cool experience for the players and fans.