This weekend's winter warm-up, which begins today at the Hyatt Regency at Arch, is considered the unofficial start of the baseball season.
The Smack Talk started early.
Credit Cubs, the third baseman Kris Bryant threw back the first brush from 201
Bryant depressed North Siders when he suppressed the idea of Las Vegas-born and close friend Bryce Harper, who signed with the Cubs.
But he gave them something to cheer on. He joined former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster during a talk show discussion that became a permanent fixture at the annual Cubs Convention.
Bryant discussed attending a concert by the Florida Georgia Line with Harper when the theme turned to Nelly, the St.. Louis Rapper, vocal in his attempts to lure Harper to The Lou.
"He's a big Cardinals fan," Bryant said.
Cubs fan booed in the room.
"Yes, boo," Bryant said. "He (Nelly) tried to do the magic on Bryce, who would like to play in St. Louis, boring, so boring, I'm always asked," Where do you want to play? Where do you not want to play? "St. Louis is on the list of places I do not like to play in. It's rough."
Dempster trudged on like an eager Jimmy Fallon ruffling Donald Trump's hair.
"I remember when I was traded, and they said, 'Hey, how about St. Louis?'" Dempster said, "I'm like zero chance in hell. Nothing. Under no circumstance. He will not even go there as a free agent. Do not happen. "
(Dempster forgot to mention that some of his refusal for St. Louis was probably long ago) His record below the arc reads 5-7 with an ERA of 4.82, this ERA rose at Busch Stadium II at 5.96.)
"It's rough," Bryant concluded in his career.
This message could sting Cardinals fans who hoped their club Bryant might be a game when he Reached the Free Agency in 2022.
Before they feel too sore, they should remember that Bryant had signs of Chicago as his dream destination as well, having reportedly refused a $ 200 million multi-year extension last year.  And it's also fair to question Bryant's taste in general.
The man goes to Florida Georgia Line concerts.