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Joe Maddon “Can’t Wait” to See the Pirates Again in Chicago …

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Joe Maddon does not get on teams just for pitching inside, and he does not get on teams just because a guy or two of his has been hit.

But when it’s been YEARS of a particular team, under a particular manager, having a philosophy of pitching up and in without regard for players safety, *AND* having a particular penchant for hitting players on purpose? Yeah, he’s gonna get fed up at some point, like he did today.

Pirates starter Jordan Lyles went up and in one too many times today, with one to Javy Baez setting off Maddon:

And Maddon started yelling and got himself ejected. And then he tried to go after Pirates manager Clint Hurdle to give him a whole lot more of an earful:

Maddon offered his comments on the situation after the game, and he was not holding back. Although he praised the Pirates’ players, he was highly critical of the way they choose to pitch:

This probably reads more sinister than he meant it, and I highly doubt you see the Cubs openly retaliating, but the seed has been planted:

The Pirates were pretty “shrug-y” after the game, as you’d expect when this is what you do:


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Author: Brett Taylor

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