Admittedly, I’m still up here in the Great North Woods and didn’t see yesterday’s Chicago Cubs game, but as everyone is talking about Starlin’s TOOTBLAN, so let’s get to it:
Starlin Castro had another senior moment Friday, even though he is just 23 years old.
With the Cubs trailing the Pirates 6-2 in the eighth, Castro delivered a two-out double before Dioner Navarro stood in the batter’s box.
Castro strayed too far from the bag and Pirates catcher Russell Martin picked him off to end any chance of a late comeback
“Down by (four) you’ve got nowhere to go,” managerDale Sveum said.
“It’s not a smart play,” Castro conceded. “I feel really, really bad, because that can’t happen. Down by four … eighth inning … that run is not important. I try to be aggressive, but that can’t happen.”
There. He feels really, REALLY bad about it, okay? He screwed up, he knows it, and I don’t recall weekly TOOTBLANer Ryan Theriot ever getting this much heat for one of his many, many TOOTBLANS. And anyway, it could be worse. You could be a soccer fan in Northeastern Brazil:
Last Sunday, an amateur soccer match in Brazil came to an unbelievably gruesome end when a referee was murdered by outraged fans. His head was then cut off and placed on a spike. The beheading was retaliation; the ref initially stabbed a player to death.
So see? Next time Dale runs out there to argue with Angel Hernandez, just thank your lucky stars you don’t have to worry about him getting killed and the Wrigley faithful putting the ump’s head on a pike. At least not this year.
Edwin Jackson (4-10, 5.75) takes the mound for the Cubs this afternoon at Wrigley, while Charles Morton (1-1, 2.50) heads to the hill for the Pirates. First pitch at 3:05 pm CT on WGN.
Lineup to come.