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.
La Stella (3B) batting fifth. Could be the La Stella game.
[Drafts plans for CTSteve idol.]
Pitcher batting 9th. Bryant in left, Schwarber in right.
i'm not ready for it to end.
i'm not ready for "well, they weren't supposed to make it this year..."
i'm not ready to talk about the off-season yet.
I can relate to that, E-Man. I don't think I'll enjoy watching a high-stakes away game like this on TV. I've watched a lot of games this season after they ended or at least after the Cubs got out to a decent lead. Since they usually win, I've gotten to see a lot of baseball.
But in this case I think we should probably all watch the game live, and not let the pressure exceed the pleasure.
Remember, as I told my wife when our kids went off to college -- this is a good thing! Enjoy it!
Fully agree -- can't prove it. But, the numbers are what they are, and a lot of his OF games have come in Aug & Sept, when he has been killing the ball otherwise. And, knowing how baseball players love routine, it seems logical that it could at least be a a factor.
Really, really, really hope I'm wrong on this.
Indeed! It has been absolute blast -- from getting swept by the Phillies to sweeping the Giants, I have always enjoyed being part of this group. Hope we have a lot more games to talk about this year.
Yes, cheers to me! I've noticed a fairly strong correlation between my tenure and Cubbie victories.
And thanks to Michael for our new diggs--and to y'all for sticking around!
CHEERS to CT Steve for keeping this alive in 2015. Who would have thought that the season would have been so successful to this point? Thank you CT STEVE!
I think I may be too nervous to watch the entire game. I will probably watch in bits and pieces - and constantly check MLB App. I will be like Blockhead: Nervous Nellie.
You can't prove the performance is because he played the OF. You just can't. Sorry.
BTW, Bryant hit .168 in July playing 3B exclusively.
oh man, early on it seems like he made at least 1 stupid baserunning blunder per game and almost every single one turned into a positive for the cubs. it was magical.
Not surprised about Lester but bit surprised about Hendricks. Guessing that if something happens to Arietta right away they go to Lester but if they've burned relievers and are in extra innings they go to Hendricks.
My kids' 8:30pm (ET) bed time will be waived tonight (They are Rizzo & Castro fans). We'll get geared up in our Cubs apparel and will watch this as a family. I am stoked. Go Cubs!
Bryant: Base running adventures.
Remember Bryant's home-away splits, too.
Wrigley: 21 HR, 59 RBI, .311/.408/.629
Road: 5 HR, 40 RBI, .243/.333/.360