Cubs-Reds Benches Clear, Javy Báez Sticks Up for Anthony Rizzo After Amir Garrett's "Garbage"

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Cubs-Reds Benches Clear, Javy Báez Sticks Up for Anthony Rizzo After Amir Garrett’s “Garbage”

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The Cubs and Reds have a recent history of tumult, a lot of which goes back to multiple incidents of reliever Amir Garrett and Javy Báez not appreciating certain elements of each others’ game. For example, there was an incident where the Cubs took exception to the way Garrett celebrated a strikeout at Báez, and Anthony Rizzo came out to defend his teammate.

I say it that way, because the same thing happened again today, with Garrett giving Rizzo the business, and Báez this time coming out to defend Rizzo. And then the benches emptied:

So, yeah, there’s history there, and that’s why that all happened.

I don’t have a problem with pitchers celebrating big moments, and I don’t even necessarily have a problem with there being some direct gamesmanship between players. But as I watch that interaction, doesn’t it seem like Garrett is just going too far? I can understand how you’d see that – that level of reaction – directed at one of your teammates, and you’d be pissed. Pissed enough to hop the railing and come on out. I respect Báez for doing it this time, just like I respected Rizzo for doing it last time.

Javy Báez let it all out after the game:

After the game, Cubs manager David Ross was not happy:

Again, I can understand that reaction. I’m down with guys celebrating, like I said, but this just seems like too much, man. And it better not be the case that Javy Báez and the Cubs face significant discipline for this one. I do expect Báez will get some kind of consequence, particularly because of the health and safety protocols, but it better not be one of the BS suspensions MLB has been handing down lately …

Oh, ultimately, the Cubs won the game, by the way. So he who laughs last and all that.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.