1. Monday, May 27, 2013

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

    kimberly and david dejesusCubs outfielder David DeJesus has a smoking hot wife, there’s no question about that.

    But yesterday after Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto nearly beaned him in the head with an errant fastball, Cubs pitcher Matt Garza was the one who got hot and called out Cueto to reporters and said he hopes the message gets across to him.

    Cueto should learn, you don’t go after guy’s heads. 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 here. You play each game like it’s a new one. That’s kind of BS on his part — just total immaturity. If he has something to say about it, he knows where to find my locker, and definitely I’ll find his.

    I took total disrespect out of that one. DeJesus has never done anything wrong. He just plays the game the right way. So, if Cueto has any problem, he can throw at me, and I’ll definitely return the favor.

    I didn’t like that one bit.  Like I said, we don’t retaliate. We take it game by game. We try to better himself. Hopefully, he learns to grow the hell up. That’s totally uncalled for.

    You’re up four-nothing, grow up. So, I hope he hears this, cuz I really don’t care. If we want to retaliate, we could’ve and lost a bullpen guy but we don’t need that. We play the game the right way. We’ll take our lumps when we take them and hand them out when we hand them out. I think we responded well to the warning and just played the game well.

    Later Garza added, “You don’t go intently and try to injure somebody. Hopefully, the league looks at that. I don’t want him to get suspended or anything. I just want him to learn a lesson. Hopefully, his players will warn him. It is what it is — they run their own show. We’ll see him again down the line.”

    Former Cubs manager who now manages the Reds says the two pitchers should skip baseball and handle the beef with their fists.

    “Just put them in a room, let them box and let it be over with,” Baker told reporters. “I always said this, let it be like hockey, let them fight, someone hits the ground and it’s over with. I’m serious about that.”

    In my long list of reasons why I hate the designated hitter rule of the American League, pitcher retaliation is near the top of the list.

    Unlike in the NL, where the Cubs and Reds have been playing since the 19th century, when an AL pitcher throws at a guy’s head he never has to worry about getting thrown at himself because he never ends up in the batting box.

    But Cueto, as a starting pitcher in the NL, does find himself with a bat in his hand, several times in a game, and is thus at the mercy of a vengeful pitcher who may want to even the score. Because of that most NL pitchers shy away from “message pitches” because they may get a message sent to their noggin.

    In the AL the pitchers never bat, so the payback pitch typically gets aimed at the head of the opposing team’s best hitter, which sucks for that guy, which is why teams usually tell their pitchers to either apologize for a slipped pitch or tell them to take it easy on the high and tight heat.

    Either way the AL sucks and if Obama wasn’t a Muslin from outer space he’d outlaw the DH and bring back real baseball to the major leagues.