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The Cubs apparently think this is Little League

Sep 7, 2012, 8:23 AM EST

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The scene: Nationals Park, during the fifth inning of the last night’s Cubs-Nats game, Nats up 7-2. The incident: Cubs bench coach Jamie Quirk is jawing from the dugout — after he was ejected umpire Jerry Layne referred to it as “screaming out obscenities,” and Nats third-base coach Bo Porter jawed right back at him.  The reason, according to Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger:

“You’re up 7-2, Lendy Castillo’s pitching, it’s 3-0. You don’t swing in that situation”

This referring to Jayson Werth swinging at a 3-0 pitch just prior.  Also agitating the Cubs was the fact that the Nats stole two bases that inning.

The next inning, things got chippier, when Castillo threw at Bryce Harper. Benches cleared.  While everyone later said the requisite “he didn’t mean to do that” stuff, Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com observes that Clevenger didn’t move an inch to catch the ball that Harper had to jump out of the way to avoid, so he knew where that pitch was headed. And then he was in the middle of the scrum that developed. Quirk was ejected, as was Clevenger and Cubs reliever Manny Corpas.

The overall assessment: total amateur hour by the Cubs.  Maybe it’s wrong for 12 year-olds to run up the score on one another, but this is the big leagues. Guys are going to steal bases and swing on 3-0.  They won’t stop trying just because you’re getting your asses kicked all over the park. Don’t like your asses getting kicked all over the park? Play better.

  1. notsofast10 - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Until now, I have never heard of Jamie Quirk!

    • The Common Man - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      Educate yourself, youngin': http://www.fangraphs.com/not/index.php/a-dozen-important-jamie-quirk-facts/

    • pjmarn6 - Sep 8, 2012 at 8:28 AM

      With these multimillion ridiculous salaries and a chance to get a few more points on the average or get a better pitching statistic, why is it wrong to pile it on? After all the fans come to see an honest ball game, not a stupid gimme.

  2. scatterbrian - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Running up the score?! A five-run lead in the fifth isn’t necessarily safe, and hardly insurmountable. It’s kind of silly that Clevenger and Quirk were essentially admitting defeat at that point.

    • ike73 - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      it’s safe against the Cubs

  3. mrbiz8505 - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Only a 5 run lead????….. I guess if you’re playing the Cubs, a 1 run lead in the 1st seals it

  4. vallewho - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    “Don’t like your asses getting kicked all over the park? Play better.”

    I agree. I don’t like the idiotic “baseball” unwritten rules or whatever…

    • elmo - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      I’ve long suspected that the unwritten rules of the game remain unwritten mostly because they’re so stupid. This pretty much confirms it.

      • ugglasforearms - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:27 PM

        Also, because no one has ever written them down.

  5. gmsingh - Sep 10, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Apparently the Cubbies attitude is in a rebuilding year too. For some reason, though, none of the experts seem to mention that the Cubbies just might have enough talent to win more games. Is Dale Sveum the first botched move that “the great” Theo Epstein has made for them?

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