Time to chalk up another Cubbie Occurrence. After Thursday’s loss to the Brewers, several Cubs players and team president Theo Epstein took the popular “Ice Bucket Challenge,” dumping cold water over their heads to raise money and awareness for the ALS Foundation. Unfortunately, a few of the players are now suffering from hypothermia and may miss the rest of the season.
“We’re really glad we helped raise money for a great cause,” said first baseman Anthony Rizzo, shivering in a local hospital bed. “I just wish I would have known the risks of doing something like this while a member of the Chicago Cubs.”
In addition to Rizzo, catcher John Baker and pitcher Carlos Villanueva are showing signs of hypothermia. ALS Foundation representatives say they are unaware of any of the thousands of participants getting sick or injured.
“There must just be something with the Cubs that would turn a fantastic charitable gesture into something unfortunate,” said ALS Association Michael Stanley, who added that the Ice Bucket Challenge has helped the ALS Association raise more than $5 million raised since the end of July. “But I’m not about to try fixing the Cubs’ problems. I’ve got a debilitating motor neurone disease to cure.”