Mike Quade could be a little more pro.
So, this thing Mike Quade did during game #2 of the Cubs/Red Sox series.
The beanball "two to one" thing with the fingers, gesturing across the diamond - did you see that?
Before I start, do not misunderstand me, because there was nothing as awful as when then Cub manager Jim Riggleman publicly said that Cub pitchers were not allowed ever to retaliate for a beaning of a Cub by beaning a guy from another team.
I get the whole payback thing, and while it's a mighty dangerous game within the game, for Riggleman to take that away was silly.
So, game 2, Cubs at Sox.
Starts off with Alfredo Aceves plunking Kosuke Fukudome in the leg.
Not surprising since it's Aceves' first start.
Then in the second came the horrific fastball to the face of Marlon Byrd (and now he's on the DL with facial fractures).
In the 5th, Carlos Zambrano hits Kevin Youkilis in the leg area, the ump immediately warns Boston that no more hitting batters with pitches will be allowed.
Cut to Quade, though.
He stands up and holds up his fingers to indicate "two to one".
Now, the announcers went into depth about this during game 3 after Kerry Wood hit Jed Lowrie.
(Well, he tried to hit him, and on the next pitch he did hit him.)
They replayed the video of Quade doing the "two to one" thing, and said something like Quade was clearly saying you hit two guys to our one.
Whether or not he was gesturing to the umpires or to the Boston bench, I can't figure anything else Quade could have been "two to one-ing" about, so that bugs me.
It feels completely bush.
Everybody in the park knew that at some point Carlos was gonna ding somebody.
Retaliation in baseball happens.
But if you're a professional manager, even if you're caught up in the emotion of your guy getting hit in the face, you don't "two to one".
Especially on the most hyped series of the weekend with millions watching and extra cameras around.
You wait for the reporter to ask the inevitable question after the game: "Did you retaliate when Zambrano hit Youkilis?"
And then you say, "Looked to me like it got away from him. You'll have to ask Carlos."
Let it be a player thing.
A Big League manager, no matter his real role in the thing, is better off staying out of it in public.
I mean, one of the good things about Quade is his no bs style, but still..
There's supposed to be at least one grown-up in the dugout.
ps: I drew it backwards. Sorry.
I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.
But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.
Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.
Jason deGrom -- oh, my.
Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.
Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.
Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.
Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.
that game sounds fun as hell.
I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.
TBS' K Zone seems to be more harsh than the others.
I wonder if MLB will ask the networks to stop using them. They just make the umps, and the game, look bad, and it only pisses off the fans.
"Strop vs. Cardinals." Seen the movie. Hated it.
Not all that disappointed -- I didn't think they would beat Lackey in Game 1. Need to get the bats going against the guys with less experience -- and they hit Wacha pretty good.
Rizzo has been slumping the last couple weeks of the season. Very disappointed it has continued during his penultimate moment of his career to date.
Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester pulled and Strop pulled in. Should of left Lester in. oy.
Sweet merciful fuck, I hate the Cardinals.
Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester out for the 8th. Down 1-0, at 100 pitches, seemed better to give a very fresh bullpen a little work.
Oh well...Throw away game, although in a 5 game series there is no luxury afforded to do that.
This game is not on Lester - he did his job
Had a lot of hope hanging on that deep Fowler fly in the sixth.
Really despise the Cards