Today’s game did not exactly get off to a great start with the Cubs committing three errors in the first inning, and starter Carlos Silva giving up six runs in what was to be his only inning of work.

And that was the good news.

Shortly after the half inning ended, Silva was reportedly involved in some kind of fight in the dugout (obvious joke about “Carlos” and crazy/fight in dugout), which was sufficiently serious that other players and coaches had to step in to break things up. The others involved in the fight are yet unknown, but you can be sure this will be the subject of a great deal of discussion in the coming days. Silva was walked to the clubhouse by strength and conditioning coach Tim Buss, and the Cubs have said he is not yet “in the right frame of mind” to talk to the media. Swoot.

Silva, in the last year of an absurd contract (of which the Cubs are only paying a portion), is fighting for a rotation spot – which he already guaranteed himself earlier this year. It’s fair to say his chances have taken a hit, and hopefully it means he won’t be given an undue advantage over guys like Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner.


So, as noted in the comments, the fight was with Aramis Ramirez, who had made one of the three first-inning errors. Afterwards, Ramirez said all the right things:

“I’ve never had that problem in my life, even during the regular season. I’ve never gotten involved with a teammate like that. It was in the heat of the moment. I guarantee you after you shower and sit down, you realize you made a mistake.

“And [fights] shouldn’t happen, because we’re going to be together for a long time in here. We should work it out.”

Ramirez even defended Silva (in the same breath as a jab): “[Silva] wants to do good. It matters to him. It might not matter to Garza or Dempster, they have their spots secured. But [Silva] has to do good to make the rotation. And obviously he didn’t do it today.”

Mike Quade suggested that both parties were at fault: “Silva was frustrated and made a general comment defensively, and I think Ramy took issue with it. Ramy had a bad inning and he knew Silva was upset and decided to tell him, ‘Hey, I don’t need to hear that.’ It was an unfortunate deal but it’s not a big deal.”

Alfonso Soriano offered a bit more: “Carlos and Aramis have a lot of years in the big leagues, so I hope when they talk they put this thing behind them. We have a lot of pressure in Chicago with the fans and the media, so we don’t need that on the team.”

Well said, Alfonso.



  • jonathan

    never thought id say it but some times silva makes me miss milton bradley

    • 1060Ivy

      As both Bradley and Silva suck, have overinflated view of themselves, and are nuts but Bradley can be counted to add the racism card in his rants.

  • jim

    So is it too early to start to lose hope for the season?

    • http://SOI veryzer

      It’s never too early. I lost hope right after last season ended.

  • SamM

    Just cut him Quade. Just get him out of there I would rather the Cubs pay him to sit at home than have him be a clubhouse disturbance. I do not want to even take a chance at him being any reason we lose games and have issues. We have always known he was crazy but this is just the icing on the cake.

  • greg

    This is gonna be the year guys!

  • PFK

    Maybe the Cubs should look to add Charlie Sheen to the club.

    • Jim

      Winning it.

      • Ace


  • Dan0mite

    Apparently his fight was with Aramis Ramirez.

  • Jeff

    Great. Quade era is off to a flying start. There seemed to be a nice feel to the way things had started off and Carlos happens. I hope this is the only inning he pitches for the Cubs this year. Cashner and Wells need to wrap up the last two rotation spots and move on, this might turn out to be a good thing and make the decision on the rotation an easy one.

  • wax_eagle

    man, that Soriano quote sounds like something akin to leadership. Maybe Pena is rubbing off on the guys already. I realize that clubhouse stuff is way overrated, but I can’t help but think having guys who have won recently like Pena and Garza in the clubhouse (both from a progressive organization) will at least help. I’m not delusional, this won’t help 2b be a productive offensive spot, or solve the outfield logjam. Its also not going to magically generate a superstar left handed starter. But it might help Silva and Z be less crazy and it might help everyone to remember that all they can do is their best.

    • http://SOI veryzer

      If Pena is rubbing off on Soriano, I hope they’re doing it in their off time.

      • Kenny L.