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anthony rizzo matt garza pie faceMemorial 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.
  • Die hard

    Lack of command could be indication of arm trouble- just saying as several weeks ago I predicted he would end season on DL

    • fromthemitten

      or it could be an indication that he went 10 months between MLB starts and is rusty. I’d be more worried if his velocity was down

    • Dynastyin2017

      Garza has pitched this way as long as he’s been a Cub. Great stuff. Not always great command. Pitch count frequently elevated. His command is the reason he’s not an ace, not a precursor to an injury.

    • Cedlandrum

      or it could be a indication of not pitching in 10 months.

    • Korean Goat

      or it could be a indication of being nervous. because this season is very very important for him.

  • curt

    How about giving garza a chance before you put him on the Dl diehard.

    • MichiganGoat

      That is not the Diehardian Way

      • Dynastyin2017

        Well then. hit Garza 8th! That should solve everything.

  • jim

    GO White Sox!
    Drub the CUBS!

    • Dynastyin2017

      Fine.
      The Cubs get the higher draft pick.
      Both teams watch the playoffs on TV.
      Have fun.

    • Can’t think of a cool name

      Typical for a Sox fan. You have such a baseball inferiority complex that you troll on a Cubs’ site instead of visiting your own team’s site.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Thompsonville, Il_Cubs

      Sorry ass sox fans!

  • hawkcub

    While the fact both the Sox and Cubs are bad is a major component in the lack of ticket sales for the series. A bigger reason is it’s during the week except for today’s game being part of a holiday weekend.

  • North Side Irish

    Four games is better than six, but his matchup just isn’t that special anymore. It was fun at first, but after playing six times a year for 12+ years it’s kind of played out. I am far more excited to see teams like the Angels who dont come to Wrigley as often.

    • another JP

      I’d rather not play the Sux at all. The series means more to them than us and I can’t stand that idiot Hawk and his sidekick what’s-his-name polluting the airwaves on Memorial Day. Cancel the remaining four games for all I care and there’ll only be rednecks from St. Louis to contend with at Wrigley going forward.

  • The Dude Abides

    any word on Kyuji Fujikawa’s arm problem?

    • Korean Goat

      I was some bad feeling when he had pitched 30. another 1 month off? sigh

  • Pat

    Is ths referring to the pitch that was way over DeJesus and the ump? I missed parts of the game but have a hard time believing there were two. If so, I’m not sure why Garza is saying it was “going after” his head. That pitch was never close to hitting anyone.

  • Bob Johnson

    Cueto better be careful or the much more mature Garza may throw a pie in his face.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I’d argue that understanding when and why it’s ok to have fun with your teammates is quite mature.

      • Pat

        “he knows where my locker is and I’ll definitely find his”

        That’s mature in your book?

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          (1.) That’s not what I said. I talked about shaving cream.
          (2.) I call it neither mature nor not mature. It’s just a statement that could have any number of meanings. Taken together with the rest of his comments, it doesn’t sound like he meant it as you are probably suggesting.

          • chrisfchi

            Dusty suggested letting them box it out. Just go out there and take care of it on the field and be the better player. No need for sandlot rules

          • Bric

            “Not mature”? I think you mean immature.

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              I used “not” for purposes of the sentence structure. Immature would be fine as well, I just didn’t like the way it expressed my point.

    • Rich H

      It would not surprise me at all to see the Cubs become a major thorn in the Reds side the rest of this season. They say that they play game by game but anyone that has played will tell you that incidents like this are not forgotten easily. In two weeks it will be interesting to see what happens.

  • Rizzofanclub

    I asked this question a few days ago and no one responded so I will try again. Is Ryan Sweeney a free agent after this year? I really like his approach and would love him to be with cubs next year as a 4th outfielder/platoon player.

    • nkniacc13

      yes

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      You’ve had trouble getting an answer because he’s right on the cusp of getting enough service time through this year to qualify for free agency. If he stays up with the Cubs all year the rest of the way, yes, he should get enough service time for free agency.

      • Rizzofanclub

        Great thank you for the answer b/c i have read different responses and it was confusing. Thanks again for all your hard work.

  • Schrodinger’s Cat

    “If Cueto has any problem, he can throw at me, and I’ll definitely return the favor.”

    “He’s lucky that retaliation isn’t in our vocabulary.”

    Just pitch and shut up.

  • Jungle Jim

    “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.”

    Could the pitch in question be in retaliation for Garza hitting Frazier after Bruce’s home run?

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