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BenFred: Kris Bryant kick-starts Cubs-Cards smack talk, saying St. Louis is ‘so boring’ | Ben Frederickson


This weekend’s Winter Warm-Up, which begins today at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch, is considered to be the unofficial start of baseball season.

The smack talk got an early start.

Credit Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant with throwing out the first brush back of 2019.

Bryant depressed North Siders when he squashed the notion of fellow Las Vegas native and close friend Bryce Harper signing with the Cubs.

But he gave them something to cheer when he joined former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster during a talk-show-like discussion that has become a stable at the annual Cubs Convention.

Bryant was discussing attending a Florida Georgia Line concert with Harper when the topic turned to Nelly, the St. Louis rapper who has been vocal in his attempts to lure Harper to The Lou.

“He’s a big Cardinals fan,” Bryant said.

Cubs fan in the room booed.

“Yeah, boo,” Bryant said. “He (Nelly) was trying to work the magic on Bryce. Who would want to play in St. Louis? Boring. So boring. I always get asked, ‘Where would you like to play? Where would you not like to play?’ St. Louis is on the list of places I don’t like to play. It is rough.”

Dempster, like an eager Jimmy Fallon tousling the hair of Donald Trump, piled on.

“I remember when I was getting traded, and they were like, ‘Hey, how about St. Louis?'” Dempster said. “I’m like, zero chance in hell. Nothing. No way. Won’t even go there as a free agent. Not happening.”

(Dempster forgot to mention some of his distaste for St. Louis likely dates back to his performances here. His record beneath the Arch reads 5-7 with a 4.82 ERA. That ERA swelled to 5.96 at Busch Stadium II.)

“It’s rough,” concluded Bryant, who has averaged .228 at Busch Stadium during his career.

This news might sting Cardinals fans who hoped their club could be a match for Bryant when he reaches free agency in 2022.

Before they get too sore, they should remember Bryant has showed signs Chicago might not be his dream destination either. Last year, he reportedly turned down a multi-year extension worth $200 million.

And it’s also fair to question Bryant’s taste, in general.

The guy goes to Florida Georgia Line concerts.

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