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Remember that time Matt Holliday slide late and high into Starlin Castro in order to “break up a double play”? (Of course you remember – it was during the first BN Blogathon!) It obvious immediately that it was a bush league play, and one that should have drawn some retaliation from the Cubs. Castro could have been seriously hurt.

This was Matt Holliday last night:

Marco Scutaro stayed in the game (before leaving late) and initial x-rays were negative, but is now undergoing tests for his how-can-it-not-be-injured leg and hip. At some point, a player stops being a “hard-nosed baseball player,” and simply becomes a “dirty baseball player.” With that slide, Holliday officially flipped over that line for me.

  • At least the Giants slapped the Cardinals down with a 7-1 win, evening the NLCS at one. Game Three is on Wednesday at 3pm CT.
  • Arizona Phil over at TCR wraps up the stats from this year’s Instructional League, which stats you have to take with the largest grain of salt possible (a grain imbued with the power of both the instructional nature of the games and the tiny, tiny sample sizes at issue).
  • Prepare yourself for two more years of Dusty Baker reminiscing about just how bad it was to be in Chicago when the Reds come to town – he got a two-year extension from the Reds. Good for all of them, I suppose.
  •  Anthony Rizzo gets a great deal of love from all comers in a piece by Patrick Mooney. You can help give him some love by donating to his charity, which will have its first “Walk Off for Cancer” on December 9 in Parkland, Florida. Details here.
  • Paul Sullivan looks at the Cubs’ past (2012 season) and future in center field, and it’s all pretty ugly. Their best option might be to keep David DeJesus in center field to start the year, and try to acquire a heavy-hitting right fielder.
  • Doug Padilla looks at third base in 2012, and it’s even uglier than center field. It doesn’t look to get a ton better in 2013, either, without a pleasant surprise.
  • In the spirit of pimping all things BN, you are hereby reminded that you should check out the Message Board. With the offseason rolling over soon, that’ll be your home for those whacky trade ideas that everyone loves to drop. Also: how to destroy an oncoming asteroid.
  • http://facebook.com/anotherspacesong Bret Epic

    I’ve always hated Matt Holliday. I hope he gets what he deserves. I’m not talking about a career ending injury, but something along the lines of what happened to Marlon Byrd.

    • Jimmy james

      A ped suspension :)

  • Carew

    I feel like Holliday should be pegged in the head…

  • AP

    So I was just showing this clip to my wife and explaining to her yet another reason why I hate the cardinals and it occurred to me to check out some stats on Holliday and Scutaro: Matt Holliday 6’4″, 235 lbs., Marco Scutaro 5’10”, 185 lbs. Geez!

  • CWN

    Ok, so I’ll admit Holliday starts his slide a little late…. but here are some facts…

    it doesn’t matter the size of either player, that doesn’t make a play legal or illiegal, dirty or non-dirty.

    Next, Hollidays spike actually sticks in the ground, propelling him forward and up into Scutaro…. had the field been dry, the slide would have been late, but it would have been into the bag and not into Scutaro.

    I’ve seen players slide three feet from second base with only their hand touching the bag to disrupt a double play and there isn’t nearly the outrage that there has been with Holliday’s slide.

    • Jimmy james

      Sorry it would not have been into the bag…..

    • Drew7

      Doesn’t look to me like his spikes get stuck in the ground. It actually looks like an intentional mini-leap.

      The guy is a pile.

      • King Jeff

        Yeah, a leap, as in he got to second, and leaped over top of it into the back of Scutaro’s legs. He didn’t even try to slide into second, he went straight after the shortstops’ knees.

  • Cubbies4Life

    Just heard that Matt Cain said, referring to tomorrrow’s game, “hey, if one of my pitches gets away, it gets away…” Cool.

    • Cubbie Blues

      I wish he hadn’t said that. If the officials weren’t going to already that statement (if they heard) will cause a warning to both sides before the game.

    • bloctoad

      Maybe his pickoff throw could get away too.

  • Brady

    Ever since he spiked Castro (I think it was last year) I have thought the same thing and it just keeps happening. Why can’t the league do what the NFL or NHL does when they notice a pattern of dirty behavior and work to punish the player. Because he is in a Cards jersey he seems to get free reign. The Cards have been gifted a spot into this years playoffs. WHY CANT THEY JUST LOSE! grrrr…

  • Rick Schlauch

    And they DID!!!! Matt Holiday will get his next year! Small penis, too!!

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