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Due to the 24-hour blogging thing, I slept through last night’s game. The Cubs won, which is swell, but my understanding is that Matt Holliday remained unbeaned. Ridiculous and embarrassing.

Ryan Dempster had another of what is quickly becoming his standard 6 inning, 3 ER starts. Alfonso Soriano homered, Marlon Byrd drove in a couple, and the bullpen was solid.

  • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

    I slept through the game too.

  • Fishin Phil

    One more tweak and we’ll be right there. Now is not the time for bold changes.

  • Joe Cartwright

    I gotta say. What weird timing. It’s almost as if Hendry was right not to trade anybody…… as long as you didn’t watch the rest of the season.

    The only excusable keeps were Soriano and Pena. Soriano because there was no way in hell Hendry would’ve been able to pull it off. Pena because they didn’t offer anything good for him. However, Byrd and Marmol not being traded was stupid. I have a feeling we really missed the boat on returns for those two. Especially with what the Rangers gave up for Adams.

  • Ol’CharlieBrown

    I can’t believe Matt Holliday got off clean. Not even a brush back. Nothing. There were several times I understood that we really shouldn’t go after him because he came to bat in situations with runners on and we had the lead. I want to say it was in the 4th inning when Holliday came to bat with 2 outs and no runners on base. A PERFECT opportunity to leave him with a tattoo of baseball threads on his ribs. Instead, nothing. Not only would it have added a little fuel to the fire that is this rivalry, one that was gone dormant over the last 2 seasons, but it would also show that the Cubs aren’t going to be bullied and that they have each others backs. Even more so, it would have been nice to see a veteran guy like Dempster or Wood stand up for a younger guy in Castro. Kind of like an older brother coming to save his younger brother from a bully. Instead, nothing. Disappointing that none of our pitchers took it into their own hands and disappointing that Quade didn’t order a hit on Holliday. I guess Dempster wanted to be the bigger man and take the higher road by striking Holliday out 3 times in a row instead, which was nice to see.

    • MichiganGoat

      The more I think about it the whole big/little brother thing is what really bothers me. What are we saying to Castro? He’s been through a season where he is the sole person who Q calls out publicly, and I fear its starting to bother him. I noticed in the game yesterday he was tepid when turning a double play and in the last month he seems to have lost the kid-like grin I remember seeing at the beginning of the season. If this team and management ruins this kid’s psyche, we deserve all the suffering we receive. I really hoped we would start to see a new team on the field after the deadline, but its now just a waiting game till the season ends and hope and pray for major changes.

      • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

        MG, I too have lost the kid-like grin I had at the beginning of the season. Are you concerned about *my* psyche? This really isn’t the time for bold changes, dude.

        • MichiganGoat

          It’s okay if you need to cry, just tell me who bullied you and I’ll make sure he gets drilled in the back.

      • Internet Random

        I’m a pacifist by nature, but I find the failure to retaliate in this case sickening. For Castro’s sake, and just general principle.

        Three strikeouts does absolutely nothing to dissuade Holliday from further dirty plays; nothing to make Castro feel any better; and, very, very little to satiate my sense of vengeance.

        For a Cubs fan, my general attitude toward Quade has been pretty forgiving. Until now. Even worse than not ordering a hit, I suspect that Quade might have specifically instructed Dempster not to retaliate.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          My guess is you’re right.

          Last night was not the time for bold pitches.

          • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

            heh

            • Internet Random

              Yeah, I got a chuckle from that too. I can see getting a lot of mileage out of not-the-time-for-bold comments.

        • MichiganGoat

          As I mentioned before I teach a class on conflict resolution/peer mediation/peaceful solutions to high school gang members, but baseball is not society and has specific unwritten rules which keeps the game in check. Retaliation for dirty plans is the highest of those rules, and the Cubs just made themselves look like children afraid to challenge the big boys. Of all the headaches of this year this is the one that I’m most frustrated by. Spellcheck should have drilled the next batter right after that play and Holliday should have a serious bruise. For shame Cubs for shame.

          • Internet Random

            “Of all the headaches of this year this is the one that Iā€™m most frustrated by.”

            Same.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Completely and totally agree.

    • Ol’CharlieBrown

      I wish Zambrano had started. He’s the type of guy that would plunk Holliday and then dare him to come out to the mound for a fight. The more I’ve thought about this, I wonder if Dempster didn’t want to plunk Holliday becuase he was afraid he might charge the mound. Holliday is pretty darn stacked and certainly has Dempster over matched in muscle, height and weight. Carlos on the other had, is slightly bigger than Holliday and is much more of a tough guy than Dempster. What I’m saying is, I’d go toe to toe with Dempster any day before Big Z.

      • Internet Random

        Possibly, but Dempter’s been around long enough to know that his chances of being beaten down by an angry batter are way lower than eating a comeback line drive.

      • MichiganGoat

        Woody had a chance but didn’t.

        • Internet Random

          Wasn’t Peeholes on first with, what, one out? In any event, it didn’t exactly seem like the same engraved invitation that Dempster was presented with in the fourth.

          • MichiganGoat

            Yes and he hit into an inning ending double play, but who cares if we give up the lead or even lose we aren’t in a playoff race. Just drill the SOB

            • Internet Random

              Put in those terms, I agree.

            • Nick

              And what a great play!!!

              • Michigan Goat

                Better play would be to put a welt on his back.

  • Dick

    The Cubs are now 16-10 this season when Koyie Hill starts as catcher. They were 0-4 with Wellington Castillo and are 27-51 with Geovany Soto catching. They are above 0.500 in their starts for only 5 players: Hill, Campana, Dempster, Zambrano, and Brad Snyder (1-0!!!). For what its worth…….

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      That is a hilarious set of stats. Thanks for that.

    • MichiganGoat

      It makes you wonder? I bet you Hendry knows this stat, it’s his proudest moment

    • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

      Makes me feel bad for all the whining I’ve done about Koyie Hill’s salary. Obviously he deserves every penny — give that man a raise!

  • Butcher

    I would have gladly traded a 6-3 win for a loss if it meant Holliday getting drilled. Hell, if Dempster stuck one in Holliday’s ribs I would have been OK with getting shutout by Jake Westbrook. The fact that nothing happened is absolutely embarrassing.

  • Toosh

    How about Weaver challenging the entire Tiger dugout and no one came out. Pussies.

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