Willson Contreras talks about sharing the field for the first time at the Majors’ level with brother William.
Cubs All-Star catcher Willson Contreras had a wholesome moment before Thursday night’s game at Truist Park where the Cubs’ 5-1 loss against the Braves paled in comparison to the excitement he shared with his younger brother William Contreras.
After receiving news that the Braves had promoted William and that the two would face-off in the big league for the first time, Willson struggled to conceal his emotions. The brothers had a lengthy embrace at the plate before last night’s game as they exchanged lineup cards in celebration.
After the game, when asked to elaborate on what brought him to tears, Willson conveyed his thoughts, looking in retrospect at the brothers’ journey from Venezuela to sharing the field together in the Majors. “Cause I remember watching him play in little league and we all were close. We’re brothers, we never fought, and we support each other and those are memories I will never forget.”
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Wiping away tears he added, “I always recall those moments when we were growing up together back home, it’s your dream to get signed by somebody and the [dream] to get to the big leagues. And I’m crying because I’m proud of the job that we put together to get to where we are. … It’s really hard to get signed as an international signing, because there’s a lot of competition.”
The Braves utilized William as their primary catcher last year while Travis d’Arnaud healed from injury. As part of the Braves roster, he was recalled after Manny Pina was placed on the injured list. Willson couldn’t have been prouder of his younger brother being called up again and being afforded this opportunity to share the field.
The Contreras brothers’ matchup, despite the opposing major league baseball uniforms, seemingly outshined any animosity about the loss. It’s clear that they will cherish this emotional moment for years to come.