Cubs: Eric Sogard’s wife speaks out against MLB’s COVID-19 protocol

Cubs infielder Eric Sogard. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Cubs infielder Eric Sogard. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

The wife of Cubs infielder Eric Sogard took to social media to rant against the MLB’s COVID-19 protocols, which will loosen for those who get vaccinated.

Eric Sogard probably didn’t think he’d be the subject of controversy for the Cubs a day after the team put him on their Opening Day roster.

On Monday, his wife, Kacycee Sogard, made some social media posts in response to the MLB’s COVID-19 protocols for 2021.

MLB is encouraging players to get vaccinated for COVID-19

According to ESPN, MLB sent a memo to teams on Monday encouraging players and staff to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

Individuals who get the vaccine will have loosened restrictions, including the ability to “gather without masks in hotel rooms, carpool together, play cards on airplanes, eat at restaurants, meet outdoors while on the road with anyone of their choosing and stay at personal residences when traveling.”

They won’t have to wear masks while exercising or inform a compliance officer when leaving the team hotel and have the option to reduce the frequency of being tested. If they come into contact with a positive case of COVID-19, they won’t have to quarantine.

Basically, players have every incentive to get the vaccine. It’ll make their lives easier, as well as protect the people around them. If 85 percent of a team gets vaccinated, the protocols will be relaxed even further.

Instead of seeing this as the opportunity it is, Sogard’s wife is “disgusted” because MLB wants her husband to get vaccinated for the safety of himself and everyone else in the league.

“You will not ever convince me this is still about the virus,” she wrote.

The one thing Sogard’s wife didn’t make clear is what exactly she thinks it’s all about, if not the virus.

MLB’s COVID-19 protocols are clearly about the safety of players and personnel. The alternative — risking the health and livelihood of individuals involved in the sport — isn’t an option.

The easiest solution for Sogard will be to get vaccinated. Then he won’t have to worry about any of the complaints made by his wife and he can get back to playing baseball.

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