Javier Baez angry his bat, and Clint Hurdle flew out.
Pirates manager evolves as baseball judge Judy, barking those who do not conform to his tight picture of how baseball players will act on the diamond. 19659002] Baez made a mate with his teammates for a misdemeanor – flipping his bat in frustration and dogging it to the first base after an infield popup Wednesday night. Veteran Pedro Strop took up Baez privately and – undisputed – Baez said he felt bad about "how I looked in front of the children and everyone who follows me".
Cub's manager Joe Maddon applauded his players for self-policing, calling it "a proud moment" and one who "galvanizes the culture" of the team.
It should have finished the story.
Yet Hurdle felt the need to chime on Thursday morning.
"You watch their children flip that bats last night? Where is respect for the game?" Hurdle told reporters. "The guy hits four homers in two days, so that means you can take your bat and throw it 1
Okay, Judge. Thoughts on other cubes?
Hurdle apparently believes that he is appropriate to handle both teams. He said about the winger Willson Contreras, who reacted badly to a third strike called: "Catcher … he is a talented young man. It's one day he would have been thrown out as soon as he gestured that the ball was high."
And then Hurdle happened "respect for the game".
As you can imagine, Baez's teammates found Hurdle's comments absurd.
"Four homers in two days and he does not respect the game; you should have met five, Javy," Anthony Rizzo said high enough in the clubhouse that everyone would hear.
Asked about Hurdle's "respecting game" line, Kyle Schwarber offered a look at what in the world are you talking about?
Sa Schwarber: "He is full of energy and loves the game, and how he goes if it rubs off at all. Like today we are down 6-1 and he has a big smile on his face even though he is 0-for-4. He is a really good person and really likes the game. "
Baez found out Hurdle's remarks while showing Cub's 6-1 loss.
"I change my ass every day to play hard," he said calmly. "I do not think anyone plays this game harder than me. I respect 90.
" If I have to apologize, I have to apologize to my teammates and my boss, not to the other team. We play a game, we win 13-something (Wednesday) and I think it came to him. We lost the series but we are still the same. I'm happy; There is music in the clubhouse. People who talk about me can save it. I do not really care about it. "
Baez plays with a feeling that most fans love.
Schwarber said before the game and before the stupid controversy that" it's so good to have him on our side. I was wowed every time by what he was doing. He is the same guy every day and always has fun. It does not matter if he is 0-for-20 or 20-for-20. "
Maddon is the generation of the 60-year-old Hurdle, who should have shown better than jumping on an opposing player – two of them.
Last year, Maddon Baez's spotty style compared to a Harlem Globetrotters player and said : "The moment you try to subtract from his joy in the field by making him think of what he will look like, you can lose a very good player.
Maybe that's what Hurdle wants and why he came down to Baez.
Guess what? It's not his courtroom.
Baez just needs to answer his teammates, his boss and himself.
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