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Last night, the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals got in two fights, both of which were instigated by the team that was losing 7-2 in the fourth game of a series in which they would ultimately be outscored 31-9 at the hands of the best team in baseball.

Framed that way, how do the Cubs look? I promise you, that’s how every non-Cubs fan is framing the fights today. Maybe you don’t care. Maybe you don’t find that odious.

I find it unfortunate.

The first fight began when Cubs bench coach Jamie Quirk started jawing at the Nationals, generally, and third base coach Bo Porter (the closest National), specifically. Apparently he was grousing about Jayson Werth swinging at a 3-0 pitch … with the bases loaded, in a five-run game, in the 5th inning. Because that’s clearly something that should be complained about. The Cubs were also unhappy that the Nats were stealing bases with a five-run lead, because that’s also something that’s just so totally beyond the pale that it can’t be tolerated on the civilized field of baseball.

(If you had any doubt about the relative rightness/wrongeness of Quirk and Porter, note that Quirk was ejected while Porter was not (despite him leaving the third base coaching box), and crew chief Jerry Lane didn’t paint a pretty picture of Quirk’s actions after the game: “Quirk was ejected for screaming out obscenities at the third-base coach. That was the ejection for the coach. The fracas was started because all that stuff happened and that was instigated by Quirk screaming out at Porter. And the obscenities that he screamed out I just felt was inappropriate and that’s what caused everything.” Quirk made a mistake, and almost everything else stemmed from it.)

After that fight, Lendy Castillo uncorked a fastball at Bryce Harper’s midsection, and a more feisty rumble broke out, featuring the kind of big talk and simultaneous backpedaling that would have made me proud as a (diminutive and drunk) college tough guy.

Dale Sveum and Steve Clevenger both said the pitch to Harper was unintentional,* but you can dismiss that pretty easily given that it was the very first pitch the Nats saw after the previous inning ended (recall, the bases were loaded and it was a three-ball count when the first incident occurred, so Castillo wasn’t going to throw at anyone then). Further, when Castillo’s pitch sailed inside to Harper, Clevenger didn’t so much as flinch – he didn’t move an inch to his right in an effort to make the catch. If he didn’t know that “wild” pitch was coming, his instinct, of course, would have been to reach for it. He didn’t budge. He knew it was coming.

And it was another mistake.

I keep hearing things like, “at least the Cubs showed some fight.” Really? Is that the kind of fight you want the Cubs to show? We can’t beat you on the field, so we’ll whine about you and throw pitches at you?

Sometimes my daughter wants a cookie when I think she should have vegetables. She screams. She kicks. She fights. That’s what I saw on the field last night. Not all “fight” is good or productive. Some of it is just petulant and embarrassing.

Now that I’ve got my rare soapbox moment out of the way …

Do I agree with the “unwritten rules” regarding not showing up your opponent? I do. Not stealing with a huge lead, not swinging at 3-0 with a huge lead. I actually do agree with these things, and I’m glad that the Cubs tend to stay on the right side of them.

But, even acknowledging that, I have two big beefs with what went down last night:

(1) A five run lead is not a sufficiently “huge” lead to invoke these rules. A five run lead is nothing. Let’s start talking when it’s about seven or eight, and maybe when it’s later than the 5th inning.

(2) Setting No. 1 aside, even if I agree that it’s not cool to steal or swing in those situations, that doesn’t mean the response is automatically to throw at the other team and start righteous scuffles from atop your high horse. Absent extenuating circumstances, you know what the response to what the Nats did is? Remember it. File it away in your memory banks for a day when your team isn’t so terrible. Then, when the opportunity for recompense presents itself, you give it back to them in the most satisfying way: you beat their brains in on the field, stealing and swinging at every turn. You beat ‘em 10-0 while trying to make it 11-0.

I can only assume that the order for the pitch came from the dugout (the shouting that created the issue in the first place certainly did), as I highly doubt Castillo would have done that on his own, or even under direction from Clevenger, only. It was a mistake, and the Cubs look bad for it. Hopefully they move on, and don’t revisit this approach to shutting the other team up. There are better ways.

*Something I’m wondering about the assertiveness with which Sveum said Castillo wasn’t throwing at Harper: as a Rule 5 selection, we know that Castillo has to spend at least 90 days on the active, 25-man roster this year in order for the Cubs to keep him (without having to continue this roster dance into next season). The Cubs were cutting it very close to that 90 day requirement when they had Castillo on the DL for a couple months mid-season. If Castillo were suspended for, say, five games, how does that impact the 90 days? Does a suspension mean he’s not on the 25-man roster for purposes of the Rule 5 calculation? If so, would he not reach 90 days this season, and the Cubs would have to keep him on the 25-man roster to open the 2013 season before they could finally then keep him for good? If that happens, the Cubs could be put in a tricky roster situation next April. Let’s hope there’s absolutely no connection here, or that Castillo isn’t suspended, or that suspended games don’t impact the 90-day Rule 5 calculation.

Happiness bonus – when the first altercation broke out, who was the Cubs’ number one protector, hopping out of the dugout to stand shoulder to shoulder elbow with Dale Sveum? Boom:

Watch your back, Adam LaRoche. Tony Campana is eyeballin’ you.

  • PJ

    Here’s my question Brett – you say of Quirk: “Apparently he was grousing about Jayson Werth swinging at a 3-0 pitch …” Are we sure that is what he was yelling about? Or is this still speculation? Do we have any confirmation from Sveum or Quirk what he was belly aching about? Brenly at least speculated that it may have had to do with potential sign stealing.
    Probably no matter what it was, your point is still valid. Stop your whining Quirk and get your guys to play the game. But, it does seem to me that Porter has to bear some responsiblity here – he did after all leave the coaching box and engage in a face to face argument at the Cubs dugout. Even if Quirk was in the wrong – which it sounds like he was – it does not justify Porter being in the wrong. I think he should have been ejected as well. It takes two to tangle and they were both responsible for the delay in the game and the ridiculous bench shouting match.
    Also – I would have been alright if the ump had ejected Castillo. When a pitcher so blatantly throws at someone, it is well with in the power of the umpire to eject him. In this case, Clevenger could have been ejected even had he not been involved in a fracas. Letting that pitch go put the umpire in danger. It just about hit his leg. If I were ump I would have thrown both of them out.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Neither Quirk nor Sveum is going to confirm what Quirk was chirping about, but Clevenger complained about the 3-0 swing after the game. The Nats have all said that’s (the swing and the stolen bases) what it was about. Given how things played out, I have no reason to think they’re making it up.

      • PJ

        Thanks – just wondering how ridiculous it was. Wonder if there was carry over from previous games that clouded Quirk’s judgement of last night’s game? You’re absolutely right that a five run lead in the fifth is no time to call off the dogs – even against the Cubs.

      • baldtaxguy

        I wonder if Quirk was providing a teaching moment for the young Cubs, that he didn’t really have his heart in his chirping. Sending a message to the boys, “you gonna just lie there and put up with losing?”

        • Drew7

          I see where you’re going with that, but Quirk came out of that looking like a complete sissy.

          • ssckelley

            How so? What is Quirk supposed to do, rush the Nats dugout himself or come out and make a move on Porter? Coaches and players jaw from the dugout all the time, Porter could have just looked the other way or shouted crap back at him. Making a move into the Cubs dugout is plain stupid.

            • Drew7

              Shouting expletives like a drunken frat-boy at someone who is standing 50ft away from you makes you look like a sissy. Just because players and coaches supposedly do it all the time doesnt make it cowardice.

              Managers and players get in the face of umpires all the time. I never said he should’ve slugged him or anything, just something other than stand behind Sveum and Campana(hehe).

              I also never said what Porter did was acceptable, but he did it, and Quirk looked like a sissy.

          • baldtaxguy

            Agree, looked weak. Just seemed odd, almost staged. But I could see Quirk looking around the dugout, seeing no fire, and trying to fire them up, and Porter responding, escalating. Who knows? Who really cares now?

  • rbreeze

    The Cubs got their brains beat in for 4 days. They had to be frustrated both players and coaches. Any little thing was bound to set them off. But they look feable against teams like the Nats. They couldn’t get out of Washington fast enough. I think this will be put to bed by Sveum and we’ll won’t see this kind of stuff the rest of the season. This season needs to end quickly.

    • Steve

      Really? For 4 days, Monday’s game was only 2 to 1. How in the hell is that a brains beating. You must of had your brain beat in Jerk.

      • Chase S.

        Being outscored 31-9 in those 4 days sounds like a beating to me. Why so hostile? Unnecessary.

        • Steve

          Once again, 2 to 1 is not a brain beating.

          • Steve

            I am changing my name* on here to avoid being confused with this ^ Steve.

            From now on…I will post as…Stevie B

            Geeeez

            • Richard Nose

              whatever Steve.

            • Ian Afterbirth

              I’m changing my name so as not to be confused with Steve #1, either.

      • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

        Bet you are just a pleasant person to be around aren’t you?

        • Steve

          Cry me song, you candy ass.

          • BeyondFukudome

            Candy ass, eh? That’s might bold talk from a panty-waisted lil’ pissant.

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              I assume you’re making light of what he said, rather than actually stooping down to name-calling.

              • BeyondFukudome

                That’s a mighty perceptive observation, from a one-eyed fat man. ;-)

                • Drew7

                  Great movie

      • Richard Nose

        hahahah he does sound like a genuine lover. “jerk” and “candy ass” are being added to my repertoire this weekend. Time to drink. I may get my ass kicked if I use these terms, but here goes nothing.

        • Stevie B

          Richard…Stevie B here….I was the “original Steve…don’t confuse us please.

        • Steve

          Good for you, maybe your repertoire will now be longer than your Nose.

          • Dan

            Most pointless conversation I have ever read.

            • BeyondFukudome

              Clearly new guy around here ^^^^^^

  • Chase S.

    Honestly, I have little problem with this. Ya, it doesn’t exactly reflect well for the organization but with the frustration of a bad season combined with getting their collective asses handed to them by the Nats over the last few games something had to give. These guys were no doubt feeling frustrated so it’s tough for me to necessarily blame them for what they did. Obviously, there are other ways to deal with that but keeping in mind they are professional athletes whose competitiveness is a part of their job description, it’s tough to avoid something like this occasionally.
    But of course my passion for hockey probably influences my opinion quite a bit.

  • http://Bill Bill

    So Baez swings at a 3-0 pitch in a game earlier this year with a big lead.. and its just and right he got hit his next at bat (teach him a lesson, yadda yadda)… but the Cubs take exception to someone doing the same thing to them.. and everyone says its injustice and not right to hit a batter. So either way they are wrong.
    I personnaly say the other team isn’t going to stop scoring runs.. neither should you. Minnesota scored 17 runs in 2 innings vs. the White Sox ealier this week. So NO lead is insurmountable (sp?).

    • http://www.viewfromthebleachers.com Norm

      Yes. Baez swinging in the ninth inning while his team is up 15-2 and the coach gave him the take sign, is the same thing as Werth swinging at 3-0 in the fifth inning up 7-2.

      Exactly the same thing.

    • Chris

      Bill, not sure what posts you’re reading. The Baez situation was slightly different. They were up 13 runs at the time of his incident. And the manager benched him the next game because of it. To Brett’s point, a 5 run lead is not insurmountable. Most 13 run leads are. I don’t know what Quirk said in the dug-out, but my initial take was that Porter should not have come over to argue with him. Still, if the Umps say Quirk was at fault more than it appeared on camera, and didn’t eject Porter, I have to believe this silliness is all on the Cubs. Chalk it up to frustration or whatever else you want, but they shouldn’t have been throwing at Harper. I’m not one to argue against the “unwritten rules”, but I don’t think this situation qualifies.

      • Scotti

        The manager benched him, and made it clear, for swinging away when the take sign was on.

  • BJS

    First, let me preface by saying that I agree that this whole incident makes the Cubs look rather classless. And in the words that follow, I mean no disrespect. I’m not posting this just for the sake of standing on the other side of the fence. I’m a Cubs fan, just like the rest of you. I care about the team and the image they portray. But…

    … I can’t believe that none of you see this any other way!! Beginning with the Quirk/Porter incident, had Porter never left the coach’s box, NOTHING else would have happened. Does that mean I support or agree with whatever it was that Quirk said? No. The fact is that none of us know exactly what he said. And if Jerry Lane truly had an issue with it, then he should have ejected Quirk the second he heard it, instead of allowing Porter to approach and enter the Cubs dugout. Had the Cubs just stood there and done nothing, all of you would be on here today talking about how they can’t even stand up for themselves. Even the ever-rational and neutral Bob Brenly (whom many of you lauded and praised not too long ago on this very site) agreed that Porter should have been ejected for leaving the box and approaching the dugout, regardless of what was said. If Porter stays in the box, and Jerry Lane ejects Quirk from the get-go, then benches don’t clear, and it amounts to nothing more than the average, everyday baseball smack talk.

    The inside pitch to Harper… grow up kid. People in the bigs get thrown at every day, and rarely do any of them take a step towards the mound. If Harper backs out of the box and warnigns are issued, then the Cubs message of payback is sent and I don’t think the benches clear a second time. The pitch didn’t even hit him, for f’s sake! The second Harper takes a step towards the mound, then HE invokes the benches clearing. Personally, I feel that if Porter had been ejected earlier, the pitch in on Harper maybe never happens, despite the Nats stealing bases and swinging on 3-0 with a 5 run lead. If the Cubs feel as though the Nats broke some of the unwritten rules of baseball, then they retaliated the same way many other teams do every day. The rules are truly unwritten. That allows each and every team to interpret them in their own way, to some degree. Maybe the Cubs feel as though 5 runs is a good point where the rules shouldn’t be broken. Maybe another team would feel as though 4 runs, or 8 runs would be the magic number. They play the game nearly every day, so I would think they clearly have a better interpretation than we do.

    I normally agree with most that is said on this site, and 99.9% of you that post on here always seem sensible, fair, and un-biased. But I feel as though the Cubs were justified in protecting their own team by retaliating based on their interpretation of the Nats breaking unwritten rules. I’m much more proud knowing the Cubs aren’t just going to lay down and take it when they think another team is trying to show them up. I also feel that if the umpires had been more active in controlling the situation, hardly none of it would have occurred. And to act as though Porter and Harper have no part in things escalating is ridiculous.

    Sorry for the rant. Brett, great job with the post and the site, as always. Go Cubs!

    • donnie kessinger

      This!

    • ssckelley

      While I am not a big fan of Quirk jawing about unwritten rules (if this is what he was jawing about) but Bo Porter needs to keep himself in the coaches box. My only complaint with the Cubs was Clevenger not even flinching at the pitch.

  • Farid Rushdi

    If you are a Cubs fan like I believe then you remember vividly the game against Washington last year (May or June) where we were up something like 9-0 and lost 10-9. Just a month ago, the Nationals were up 8-0 with Strasburg on the mound against the Braves and lost.

    Both losses happened because the Nats relaxed and stopped playing to win.

    During those dark years for Washington (2007-2010), teams mashed on the Nationals far worse than the Nationals did the Cubs. That’s what happens when you’re bad. Through that adversity, you learn how to win.

    • BJS

      I never once said that the Nats should stop playing with a 5 run lead. I wouldn’t expect them or any other team to do so. What I did say (in a roundabout way) is that if the Cubs interpretted the Nats play as breaking some of baseball’s unwritten rules, then they didn’t act any differently than any other team would when they retaliated.

      • Pat

        The fact that members of the coaching staff/team interpreted the Nats play as breaking some sort of unwritten rule is a large part of what is embarrassing about this situation in the first place.

        • BJS

          Who said it was the coaching staff? Again, the unwritten rules are open for interpretation. You may interpret them different than I do, or than the Cubs or Nats do. Fine. That’s the beauty of the rules. If people are embarassed by somebody’s interpretation, then write the rules down and make them exact.

          • BJS

            Ummm, yeah, sorry Pat. “Coaching staff/team”. But I stand by the rest of my post!

  • http://bleachernation loyal100more

    tony c…was channeling his inner “joe pesci” in that pic. wudda ya mean im funny…funny how…

  • Mak

    Co-signing all of these points, Brett, except the assertion that the pitch to Harper came from the dugout. Svuem is a guy who has been around the game a long, long time and knows the rules. I can’t imagine he thought the “transgression” warranted a pitch like that. I’d bet it was Clevenger/Castillo/other young players getting sick of getting their asses kicked. They have a lot to learn.

    • Flashfire

      Sveum shows remarkable lack of control of his team if that’s true.

  • Stinky Pete

    That’s the problem with unwritten rules… We all have our own interpretation of them.

    • TWC

      Someone should really write them all down.

      • Stinky Pete

        If they are typed, does that still qualify as “Unwritten”?

      • Stevie B

        TWC…good stuff right there. At least I noticed it.

        • TWC

          Yay! Validation!

          • hansman1982

            well I saw what you did there and thought it was dumb.

  • Richard Nose

    I agree with all of it. Not a ‘huge lead’, Nats trying to lock in wins while they close in on a division crown and the Cubs fart on each other. Quirk looked like a chicken shit staying at the bottom of the dugout. Someone may have needed to blast that third base coach in the mouth for approaching the dugout though. Another thing that was F-ed with this is lil ole senile Davey Johnson. I do think the Cubs were wrong in most facets. But Davey Johnson talked a lot of game to the media later. He claims Clevenger swung at Morse, and stated that if he were Morse he wouldve “popped him”. Take your wheelchair back to your back and white TV and watch there replay ya confused old bastard. Morse came out waving his mullet around, Clevenger got a little push in to his chest. Big fucking deal, get over yourself Morse, and get your head out of your oatmeal Davey.

    • ssckelley

      I did not hear any of the post game comments, but that would be a stupid thing for Davey to suggest. The Nats are in a pennant race, you really want to risk losing Morse to suspension by “popping” Clevenger?

      • Stinky Pete

        Wouldn’t be the first suspension for Morse. *Smirk*

        • ssckelley

          I understand, but my point was that Davey Johnson should not be encouraging his players to be “popping” anyone. Losing players to suspensions at this point of the season would be costly.

  • cubs1967

    last nite was the perfect example of why sveum was not the right choice nor any of his staff; add in the mess that has occurred in beantown and you have to begin wondering if team theo knows how to hire mgrs and clubhouses. sveum is just keeping the seat warm while the cubs tank the next 3 yrs before the real mgr gets hired. too bad for sveum but he was the stupid one thinking this was a real opportunity to manage; hence why mike maddux was smart enought to see an owner-president-Gm who have no intention of competing for 80% of the president’s contract of 5 yrs. not very classy to being bitching about swinging on a 3-0 pitch in THE 5 inning. quirk doesn’t impress me. this team very well could lose 105 games and now it’s doing it un-classy like on the field. what an embarrassment to cub nation. could somone give ricketts his balls back………he must of misplaced them becuz he really can’t be proud of his 3 yr regime as owner up to now, can he?

    • ssckelley

      Yep, you are right the coaches need to sit down and shut up. We need more coaches willing to sit on their hands all calm and collected, not show any emotion. We need to bring back Dusty Baker, I miss seeing him sit in the dugout chewing on his toothpick all game long.

    • cas-castro

      Ricketts doesn’t run the team, just signs the checks.

  • Stevie B

    Ok…I am now Stevie B.

    • Richard Nose

      A Steve’s a Steve. jkjkjkjkjk

    • Cubbie Blues

      Who were you before. We don’t have a history of names here. I can only assume that you are the one that wants fellow fans brains beaten in.

  • hansman1982

    I thoroughly HATE the “unwritten rules” part that says you shouldn’t play all 9 innings looking to score as many runs as the other team will allow. If it’s 100-0 after 1 I sure as hell hope you are still looking to score 101 and doing everything you can to do so. If you don’t like it, stop them from scoring runs…don’t plunk a guy so they have another baserunner. Idiots.

    • Richard Nose

      like. If you don’t like someone beating your ass, do something about it.

  • wait til next year…..again

    I think people are missing a point on the unwritten rules. I agree that Washington did not violate the unwritten rules last night. The Cubs are a few hits away from getting back into the game, and Werth has a chance to really put it away. The unwritten rules do not say to stop trying. You are still trying to score even if you are up 10 in the 5th. If you hit a gap shot, you still go for two or three bases. People do not go up to bat looking to get out so the other team does not think you are running up the score.

  • ReiCow

    That Campana picture is awesome. That should be in a future caption contest!

    Moo.

  • Fastball

    I think the pitch thrown at Harper was more of a you hit two hr’s against us now its time for you to not be comfortable in the batters box. He is a cocky kid who needs to learn about how it works. You did great hitting those HR’s but you ain’t hitting anymore against us. Simple as that.

    • Drew7

      “He is a cocky kid who needs to learn about how it works.”

      How what works exactly? How to play baseball? because he’s done a damn fine job of proving he knows how that works.

  • BluBlud

    If the Cubs were complaining about a team swinging 3-0 or stealing bases with a 5 run lead, then they were completely wrong. I for one feel like the mercy rule is for little league sports(if its even needed there). As far as an all adult league, pro or not, the written or unwritten mercy rule ( or as I refer to it, “I feel sorry for your ass so I’m not going to play as hard) is disrespectful to the game. I don’t care what my opponent says or who they are, if the score is 10-0, I’m always trying to make it 11-0, or 12, or 13 or whatever. The game is to be play at the best of your abilities, no matter the score or the outcome. The Cubs came out of this mess looking like a bunch of whinning babies.

  • aCubsFan

    Brett sounds like one of these parents who believes that every kid deserves to get a metal or ribbon not matter what place their kid comes in or that there isn’t supposed to be any score kept.

    Games are meant to have winners and losers. Some times winners are ungracious, and losers hate to lose. This years Cubs are losing a lot and losing is mentally, physically and emotionally draining. So it doesn’t surprise me that Quirk was yelling at the Nationals. It doesn’t surprise me that Castillo let one rip and it got inside a bit. What surprised me is that the pitch didn’t get Harper squarely between the 3 and 4 of his uniform.

    Since when did baseball become such a sissy sport that you can’t pitch inside, knock a player off his feet, or put one squarely in the middle of their back. We’re making a huge issue out of last night, but we are talking about the Washington Nationals.

    This isn’t the first brawl of the year for the Nationals. The Phillies’ Cole Hamel put a pitch right in Harper’s back and said he’d to it again.

    In Ron Santo’s era, pitchers like Fergie Jenkins and Bob Gibson were feared because if you hit a home run off of them or hung out over the plate or trying to show up his team you could count on a pitch whizzing by your ear or sitting on the seat of your pants or having one in the middle of the back. Outside of Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens in recent history, hitters don’t fear pitchers. And, if I remember correctly that is what Bosio was going to instill in his pitchers.

    So stop your whining Cubs fans. This is baseball not T-ball.

    • BeyondFukudome

      Give me a break. The Cubs were the ones doing the whining. “Waah! You’re already five runs ahead so stop playing so hard!” Boo f-ing hoo! If you don’t like being five runs behind, then try playing better. If you get your ass kicked, take it like a man and use it as motivation to improve. But don’t be a whiny little bitch about it.

      • TWC

        If you don’t like being five runs behind, then try playing better.

        Yep. Exactly.

  • http://bleachernation Dean

    All this was was frustration boiling over about having your ass handed to you two games in a row and having it look like it was going to happen again. While I don’t condone hitting someone, I can sure understand sending a little chin music in there to remind the Nats that the Cubs have some pride.

  • ottoCub

    Watching the game last night on the Nationals broadcast, it was clear that Jaime Quirk was very angry, yelling at Bo Porter. It was also clear that Bo Porter was yelling back at Jamie Quirk from the coaching box. He then walked over to the dugout with his chin out, yelling into the dugout most of the way there, as Quirk yelled back.

    Both coaches should have been tossed, in my opinion.

    The steal of second base and the 3-0 swing by Werth was merciless, piling-on behavior by the Nationals. Even the Nationals announcers (who are extremely home-team friendly) questioned the swing, and I think FP Santangelo even remarked with surprise that the Nationals would be stealing with a 5 run lead.

    Did the steal and 3-0 swing deserve a throw toward Bryce Harper? That is up to each individual to decide, based on their feelings about baseball’s unwritten rules.

    My guess (and this is only a complete guess) is that Steve Clevenger had a lot to do with Castillo throwing at Harper. He was the one who was most surprised by the steal (and looked the worst). He was also really angry at the 3-0 swing, and was very vocal on the field during the fracus.

    • ottoCub

      If the Cubs look bad in the national press for this event, that is unfortunate. In my opinion, they have nothing to be ashamed of. Jamie Quirk was out of control, and he was tossed. Bo Porter should have been tossed too. Both should apologize to their teams.

      Lendy Castillo threw at a player (did not hit him) as payback for a steal and 3-0 swing with a big lead. Like it or not, this is not unusual behavior in pro baseball. He should probably have been tossed, but was given another chance by a professional umpire. Castillo went on to strike out Harper, and the game went on.

  • TSB

    It was bush of Mr. Quirk and the rest of the Cubs to lose their cools. But how about the reaction of the media-crowned future king Bryce Harper? If an inside pitch gets him so upset, maybe baseball is too rough for him. He could always try a less stressful activity, maybe cake decorating, maypole dancing, or four-square…

  • Scotti

    While I don’t care about guys swinging 3-0 or stealing while up 5 runs, it is silly to get on Quirk’s case for yelling about it from the dugout. Coaches yell from the dugout in 95% of MLB games! And a part of the game is throwing inside–sometimes to set up a hitter and sometimes to send a message. I was hit countless times. Deal with it.

    What isn’t a part of the game is walking toward a dugout to argue with a coach. Allowing that person to remain in the game is also not a part of the game because of the fact that it escalates a tense situation (as, in fact, it did). I have always been a fan of Bo Porter but what HE did was bush league and the ump was just flat out WRONG.

  • http://deleted Mr. Gonzo

    I didn’t watch the game live, but this feels like more than a few games’ worth of frustration. Even the best of us lose it every once in awhile. After the season the Cubs have had, this feels like a big venting of emotions. Coaches and players alike. Good to see Campana getting in there… scrappy points were earned for sure.

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