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An Unwritten Rules Moment: Beckham's bunt attempt in the eighth

Jun 14, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

Ted Lilly pitching.jpgI realize that some of you were watching the Tony Awards, the NBA Finals and other things that don’t really matter all that much, but the smart ones among you were watching the Cubs-White Sox game. If you did, you watched a pretty damn spiffy pitching matchup, with Ted Lilly and Gavin Floyd matching no-hit bids until late in the game.

Lilly still had his going in the eighth when White Sox’ second baseman Gordon Beckham tried to lay down a bunt to break it up. This did not sit well with the fans in Wrigley, who booed the attempt, most likely because they perceived it as a violation of baseball’s unwritten rules. Or maybe they were just booing the fact that Old Style sales were cut off. You never can tell with a Wrigley crowd.  Either way, Ozzie Guillen weighed in on it all:

“You bunt in the ninth, that’s unprofessional. But the
eighth, Wrigley Field people; the only thing they can do is boo. They
boo for every freakin thing here.”

The Cubs fans were ridiculous to boo, but I’d argue even with Ozzie on this point: in a 1-0 game you can bunt whenever the hell you want if you think it’s your best chance to get on base. I mean, sure, we can talk what’s bush league and what isn’t if the score is 6-0, but in a close game on a rainy night, when the pitcher is starting to think more about his impending accomplishment? Damn skippy I’m asking a speedy player to lay down a bunt if he thinks he can reach on it.

Of course, I’d also be curious to hear what Guillen would say if the situation was reversed and Starlin Castro was laying one down on Floyd. Something tells me he’d take issue with it, and that he wouldn’t confine his adjectives to the word “freakin’.”

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jun 14, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Make no mistake, the booing was about the cutoff of Old Style, the three everyone bought in the 7th were dry and they wanted the damn game over.

  2. Jonny5 - Jun 14, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    So Ozz, have you always been a whiney hypocrite? Damn, it wasn’t so long ago that you were quoted throwing around the term “bush league” over that same play. In both cases the bunt was just a part of the game a pitcher must get over if he wants his no run game to stand. Nonsense, all this “unwritten rules” talk (whining).

  3. Ray Knight Looks Like Tip O'Neill - What Happened? - Jun 14, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Since when is trying to win a game an unwritten rule?
    Get a life Cubs fans. Either that or stay home so you can drink beer after the middle of the 7th. :-P

  4. Brian - Jun 14, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Don’t want a bunt? Then bring in your corner IF’ers. Otherwise you’re at least inviting the bunt and at worst trying to take advantage of a hitter/manager’s desire not to break some silly unwritten rule.

  5. willmose - Jun 14, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    The number one unwritten rule: “Do anything you have to, to win the freaking game!” I’m sure the Cubbies and their fans don’t have a clue about that rule. With the Cubs losing the right way is much better than winning ugly.

  6. RustyShackleford - Jun 14, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Unwritten rules are unwritten for a reason.
    The thing I don’t understand about this one is since when did a bunt increase your chances of getting a hit anyway?
    If it did, I think you’d see a lot more guys trying to do it.
    These days, there are plenty of guys who can’t bunt period. Much less for bunt for a hit.

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