Two high-profile Cubs offered a glimpse Friday night into debates continuing within major-league clubhouses on the value of COVID-19 vaccinations.
And their comments during a postgame Zoom session with media may, in turn, have offered a glimpse into why the Cubs and many other teams have not been able to reach the 85-percent vaccination rate required for MLB to ease safety restrictions — and why the Cubs are not especially confident they’ll ever reach the mark.
Kris Bryant, the former MVP who’s off to an MVP-caliber start to this season, said he’s been vaccinated and that “I feel great [and have] a great peace of mind to just go out there and play baseball.”
Jake Arrieta, the former Cy Young Award winner who returned Friday from the injured list with another strong start, expressed skepticism about vaccinations, citing the recent positives among Yankees coaches who had received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Arrieta agreed that the science suggests the percentages are on the side of the vaccinated, but added: “Also based on that information and the science, the people that are vaccinated shouldn’t necessarily have to worry about getting COVID-19, but that has also been proved wrong as well.
“Seems like things change daily. So who knows?”
The comments from both players were made in the context of questions that arose from a pregame session with manager David Ross, who said he’s not surethe Cubs will reach the 85-percent threshold…