Starlin Castro Says Matt Holliday’s Slide Wasn’t Clean

Matt Holliday may not have stuck around long enough to talk to the media after today’s game, but the recipient of his dirty, take-out slide did.

Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro spoke of Holliday’s wide, late, and high slide, which contributed to an eight-run fifth inning. And he wasn’t happy.

“I was hurt on the ground and didn’t think too much about the runs,” Castro said of the play. “[Holliday] was really out of the base [path]. He didn’t have a chance to touch the base. He slid hard, real hard. It wasn’t clean.”

Castro was very nearly injured on the play.

“It’s only OK because he had a rubber cleat,” Castro said. “If he had a [steel cleat], he would have cut me.”

As for manager Mike Quade, who was ejected after arguing that Holliday interfered, he, too, was upset by the play.

“I applaud somebody who will go in hard to try and break up a double play,” Quade said. “But my thing is, it’s not a legal slide to me. The way Starlin was clipped, in retrospect, the bag was the last thing on his mind. They don’t [call an out] unless it’s blatant. The rules are there for a reason.”

Holliday batted later in the game, but wasn’t subjected to so much as a brushback. Whether that changes in tomorrow’s series finale remains to be seen.

 

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

18 responses to “Starlin Castro Says Matt Holliday’s Slide Wasn’t Clean”

  1. MichiganGoat

    Ahhhhh, DUUUUUUUUUH! I’m just amazed Q let Castro talk.

  2. Ralph

    Hell yeah… wait ’til the series finale. I remember when Soriano hit the 3 dingers in a row vs. Tim Hudson and the Braves and was smiling ear-to-ear until he got nailed. Then in the series finale, ‘ol Teddy Ball Game drilled… I think it was Edgar Renteria (?) in the first inning and got tossed… it’s coming for Holliday tomorrow night and probably by somebody who is as old school as Lilly.

    1. Hogie

      Lilly’s good buddy Demp is on the mound tommorow.

    2. Drake

      If I remember correctly, isn’t that when Renteria put a clothesline into Mike Fontenot on a steal at second?

  3. ISU Birds

    This just across the wire, Chick Fil-A will open on the trade deadline just to get Ace his free coffee.

    Also, if the Cubs get swept tomorrow I may just cry. I’m real close to a Cubs mental breakdown. Someone talk me down!!

  4. dreese

    Brett your Chick-fil-a story made me so happy! I am loving all the suffering you have to go through to blog for 24 hours! Its really nice since I doubt anything will happen between now and 3 tomorrow. The cubs are so dumb, we are going to be bad next year no matter what! Let us get some prospects!!!

  5. Joe Cartwright

    Good to see Castro get a say instead of listening to Quade yell at him.

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