Memorial Day isn’t just a day for cookouts and beer. Take a minute to reflect.
- Setting the stage: Reds starter Johnny Cueto, who seems to dislike players stepping out of the box too much against him, threw over David DeJesus’s head yesterday in the sixth inning, presumably in retaliation for what he perceived was DeJesus stepping out too much in the first inning. Enter Matt Garza, defender of teammates and all things awesome: “Cueto should learn, you don’t go after guy’s heads,” Garza told the media after the game. “Don’t wake a sleeping dog. I think that’s kind of immature on his part and totally uncalled for. He’s lucky that retaliation isn’t in our vocabulary. You play each game like it’s a new one. That’s b.s. on his part – just total immaturity. If he has something to say about it, he knows where to find my locker and I’ll definitely find his. I took total disrespect out of that. [DeJesus] has never done anything wrong, he just plays the game the right way. If Cueto has any problem, he can throw at me, and I’ll definitely return the favor. I didn’t like that one bit. We don’t retaliate. We take it game by game. Hopefully, he learns to grow the hell up. That’s totally uncalled for.” How can you not like that guy?
- Also: despite Garza saying (twice) that the Cubs aren’t about retaliation (I’m flashing on Matt Holliday and remembering that, yes, the Cubs aren’t about retaliation, even when it’s warranted), it will be interesting to see what happens when these two teams square off again. The two teams play four at Wrigley in two weeks.
- As for Garza’s start yesterday, Dale Sveum said the issue, as expected, was command. Garza just wasn’t getting the ball where he needed it, and his pitch count soared.
- Jeff Samardzija is excited for the crosstown series starting today, but he wishes it was more than just four games.
- Unfortunately, even though it’s only four games, neither team has been able to sell out just yet. It’s too early to say for sure, but it’s possible that this year’s Cubs/Sox series will be the least attended in a very long time, despite the fact that there’s 33% less tickets to go around (again, because it’s just four games this year, instead of six). It’s a sad reflection of the state of baseball in Chicago, particularly on the North Side. But it’s a process, and this is a part.
- Jon Greenberg writes on why the series isn’t as exciting this year as it may have been in the recent past. Spoiler alert: the teams are bad, especially the Cubs.