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.