Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras plays the hero in his ‘homecoming’ — and is ready to talk with Jed Hoyer at anytime

Willson Contreras ran into Chicago Cubs President Jed Hoyer von Friday morning for the first time since Hoyer decided Tuesday to keep his All-Star catcher for the rest of the season.

“I saw him early in the morning when I was doing my workouts,” Contreras said Friday after the Cubs’ 2-1 win against the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field. “He just passed by me and said ‘Hi.’

“But at any moment we will talk. We’re here. That’s the most important thing.”

Whether Contreras will remain with the Cubs after the 2022 season is anyone’s guess, but at least he has almost two months to convince Hoyer why he deserves to stay in the organization long term.

Contreras let his bat do all the talking Friday in what everyone called his “homecoming” game. His two-run home run in the eighth inning led the Cubs to a comeback win over the Marlins, snapping a five-game losing streak.

“I’m happy to be with the Cubs for the rest of the year,” Contreras said. “Why not? We have a really good chemistry in the clubhouse, a really good fan base. I know that right now this is not a winning team, but I know at some point we will turn into a winning team.

“They’ve done a good job raising the farm (system). I’ve been hearing a lot about prospects in the organization that are really exciting. Hopefully with time and experience, they’ll be the best.”

Cubs fans showered Contreras with love before his first-inning at-bat and again after his no-doubt-about-it home run off Dylan Floro in the eighth, shortly after Nick Madrigal led off the inning with a single. Madrigal had the Cubs’ first hit of the game — a single leading off the sixth off reliever Huascar Brazobán — heading into the inning.

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Source:: The Denver Post

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