Not but three years ago, if you asked an average Chicago Cubs fan what teams he hated, you’d invariably hear “Cardinals” and “White Sox” uttered unnaturally through clenched teeth while rage welled up in the speaker’s eyes. Sure, you might hear a smattering of other teams – Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Astros, Reds, among others – but those were the two big baddies.
Recently, a third has entered the mix as a “hated” club, albeit one still less so than the Cardinals or White Sox. It’s official: f the Brewers.
The Brewers asked for a scoring change in the ninth inning of Monday night’s 18-1 win over the Cubs that would’ve given Milwaukee 27 hits instead of 26. One more hit would’ve set a new record for Cubs pitchers, who had last given up 26 hits in a game in 1957.
It happened with two outs in the ninth, when Casey McGehee hit a grounder up the middle that shortstop Starlin Castro fielded and made a wild flip to Blake DeWitt at second for at attempted forceout of Prince Fielder.
After watching the replay, official scorer Bob Rosenberg called it a fielders choice and an error for Castro. The Cubs p.r. staff had just announced that a Cubs’ franchise record for hits allowed in a game had been tied when Fielder knocked out the 26th hit.
Everyone in the press box knew history was hanging in the balance when Rosenberg made his call. The Brewers promptly called and asked Rosenberg to change it to a hit, requesting that he review the tape. As of Tuesday afternoon, no scoring change had been made. Chicago Breaking Sports.
Sure, it was probably only one staffer or two that asked for the scoring change. But if this doesn’t demonstrate the culture of the Brewers, I don’t know what does.