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Matt Garza tells Johnny Cueto to “grow the hell up”

May 27, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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In the sixth inning of yesterday’s Cubs-Reds game Johnny Cueto threw a pitch over David DeJesus‘ head, leading to both benches being warned. Chicago came back to win the game and afterward Cubs starter Matt Garza, who’d plunked Todd Frazier two innings earlier, was very upset at Cueto:

Hopefully he learns to grow the hell up. Cueto should learn you don’t go after guys’ heads. Don’t wake a sleeping dog and I think that’s kind of immature on his part and totally uncalled for. He’s lucky that retaliation isn’t in our vocabulary here.

That’s kind of BS on his part. Just totally immature. If he has something to say about it, he knows where to find my locker and definitely I’ll find his. I took total disrespect out of that one. Zeus has never done anything wrong. He just plays the game the right way. So if Cueto has any problem, he can throw at me and I’ll definitely return the favor. I didn’t like that one bit.

There’s actually more where that came from and you can see the full video of Garza’s interview via

UPDATE: Reds manager Dusty Baker has responded, basically saying he wishes Garza and Cueto could fight. Seriously.

  1. kollin7 - May 27, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Apparently Matt Garza has forgotten he plays for the Cubs.

  2. shanemcdowell - May 27, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    I enjoy the line about retaliation not being in their vocabulary, followed by saying that Cueto should throw at him and he’ll definitely return the favor.

    • ragtag2ragtag2 - May 27, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Winning isn’t in the Cubs vocabulary either!

      • Old Gator - May 27, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        The language spoken in and around the southern end of Lake Michigan from which the most approximate idiom for “winning baseball” could be found died out a little over a century ago, along with the Mass in Latin.

  3. crdswmn - May 27, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    I’m surprised Cueto only threw at DeJesus’ head and didn’t try to kick him there instead. That’s his MO.

    • Old Gator - May 27, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      Yeah, that line about Cueto learning you don’t go after guys’ heads was pretty funny. Cueto’s beyond “learning.” He’s a hardwired lowlife thug.

      • shwoogy1 - May 27, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        wow! Old Gator and I actually agreeing on something. We should have a party at your retirement home!! Am I invited for Jello and Tea?

      • Old Gator - May 27, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        Sure, but don’t forget that anyone who’s late for dinner doesn’t get fruit cup.

    • junglerat524 - May 27, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      Why does OG remind me of my Grandpa?

      • Old Gator - May 27, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        I don’t know. Did your grandpa abandon you?

      • junglerat524 - May 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        No. But he was a racist.

      • Old Gator - May 27, 2013 at 5:53 PM

        Ahhh, Jungleboy deploys the nuclear option! Having run through his armory of classless and predictable lowbrow insults – name calling, insulting of the matriarch, impugning of the libido, gerontological innuendo, echolalia, primping petulance – he now plays the race card! Perhaps we could give him his own reality show – Frontiers of the Mundane might be a nice title.

  4. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 27, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Talk is cheap, just like the Cubs. Don’t sing it, bring it Garza, otherwise shut your mouth

  5. junglerat524 - May 27, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Maybe Cueto would have plunked Garza in his next AB after hitting Frazier in the 4th. Problem was, Garza was pulled after 4 because he was sucked. That’s really why the little punk is mad. Be careful what you wish for Matt.

    • junglerat524 - May 27, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Then again maybe him being pulled after 4 was for the best. At least this way he won’t have to deal with the question about what he’s going to tell his kids like Chris Carpenter.

  6. blockedprospect - May 27, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    In a purely unrelated note I’m sure, most ballplayers who’ve crossed paths with him (teammates or otherwise) do not like Matt Garza. Can’t possibly imagine why…

  7. migoli - May 27, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    How is anyone attacking garza here? He is dead right, don’t throw st heads, don’t think anyone her attacking garza has played a inning in their life.

    • junglerat524 - May 27, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Maybe his grip was off. How does Garza know he was throwing at his head? Garza is just trying to make a name for himself so someone will trade for him & get him out of that mess.

      • Old Gator - May 27, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        Because it’s Cueto. His history follows him. Deservedly. Giving him the benefit of the doubt would be like buying penny stocks from Bernie Madoff.

      • junglerat524 - May 27, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        What history? He didn’t start the Reds-Cards fight, Phillips did. Why are you so dumb?

      • junglerat524 - May 27, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        Phillips calling the Cards bitches was how it started, Cueto had nothing to do with it. Molina took offense to Phillips tapping his shin guard. Why are you such a bitch?

      • Old Gator - May 27, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        Fights start when the little brat in all of us gets out of hand and we start thinking with our balls instead of with our brains. But it’s irrelevant. None of this is meant to excuse any of two whole teams’ worth of guys behaving like idiots, but rhere have been fights and fights and fights. There haven’t been many instances of the kind of thuggery inflicted on a helpless opponent to match what Cueto did.

      • junglerat524 - May 27, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        It’s like arguing with my 6 year old except she doesn’t take her meds in pudding.

  8. bengalsucker - May 27, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    I knew old gator would bring his crusty thinking in here. Garza isn’t well like in the league. thats obvious. and it was obvious the pitch got away from cueto and dejesus was laughing and talking to cueto when the warning came out. so obviously dejesus knew it was an accident. I guess throwing at hannigan and plunking choo is forgotten all of the sudden. no retaliation at all huh? keep yapping grandpa lizard

    • Old Gator - May 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      I guess it’s obvious that Cueto’s feet got away from him too, right?

      Garza may be not well liked – I’ve read the same thing, by the way – but I can’t recall any instances of him behaving with Cueto’s subhuman brutality. Can you, homeboy gull?

  9. capeporpoise - May 27, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    I completely disagree with Garza here: Zeus’ cheating on Hera with both humans and immortals is beyond the pale. Maybe he considered it to be acceptable for the era, but in our time it’s universally condemned as very wrong, even if it was retaliation.

    • capeporpoise - May 27, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      Ok I get it: DeJesus = day + hey + “Zeus”. Hey editor – can you help a brother out here?

    • indaburg - May 27, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      Cheating is the least of Zeus’ sins. He married his own sister, yuck. He lusted after his own daughter, Aphrodite. She was gorgeous, but still. He killed with impunity. He demanded sacrifices. Infidelity pales.

  10. shwoogy1 - May 27, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Oh you silly Reds fans. Johnny Cueto is a punk biznatch. You know it and I know it. I mean I know the Reds is all you guys have goin in Ohio but come on don’t hate on the Cubs.

    • Old Gator - May 27, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      Hating on the Cubs is a waste of perfectly good hostility. Laughing on the Cubs is better for your spirit.

      As far as what Ohio has going for it, aside from Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch and guitar academy, you’ve clearly never eaten Cincinnati chili at Fort Washington Chili (ask for it over a couple of fried eggs with cheese and onions), enjoyed a slab of fried goetta at breakfast, tried the burger at the Tavern on the Hill on Mount Adams or, most of all, been to an Over the Rhine concert. The last one alone would enlighten you well beyond your just desserts.

  11. sacbombero - May 27, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Pitchers need to learn, like Zack Greinke was taught by Carlos Quentin….. If you can’t whup, “mano y mano”, the guy you’re throwing at, then don’t hit him.

  12. alcory11 - May 27, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    totally ridiculous. I saw the pitch, watched a dozen reruns of it. cueto simply lost his grip on the ball and it was so high that Dejesus didn’t even really have to duck! it sailed completely clear and even over hanigan’s attempt to catch it. there was no ‘purpose’ there, nothing to suggest that it was any sort of attempt to throw at Dejesus. Garza saw it firsthand and knows that. sounds to me like he’s the one with the immature viewpoint here. after all, it was Garza who came in high and tight on fraizier with a pitch which would have caught todd on the chin if he hadn’t both turned and went straight up about 8 inches of the ground to avoid it, taking the pitch instead on his arm. until Garza gets his thing straight here, he’s on my list of idiots.

  13. sportsbastard - May 27, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Garza is correct, Cueto is a punk that will get his soon enough. Hilarious how obsessed Reds fans are with the Cardinals and their 11 big shiny trophies.

  14. stlouis1baseball - May 28, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    With little Joanie Cueto involved…I am sure the fault lies squarely at the “feet” of David Dejesus.
    Joanie had no other choice. Her back was against the wall. She was fighting for her life at the time. No of us truly knows how we would react if we were in her shoes. So don’t throw stones…or baseballs…or kick with your spikes up while living in glass houses. Or something.

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