Cubs Refuse to Let Manny Beat Them, Insist on Doing It Themselves
October 3, 2008
(Chicago, IL) – The Cubs came into their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers with a strategy: don’t let Manny Ramirez beat you. And so far, the strategy is working, despite Manny’s two home runs.
It was exemplified last night, in the Cubs’ 10-3 loss to the Dodgers. The Cubs can rest knowing assuredly that they didn’t let Manny beat them.
Manny’s second home run of the series last night took place well after the game was already decided. That’s because in a mind-bogglingly terrible 5-run second inning, infielders Ryan Theriot, Mark DeRosa and Derrek Lee decided that it was up to them to decide the game.
They stepped up when the Dodgers needed them most, and booted ground balls that the St. Mary’s Savage Nuns squad could have handled adroitly. Theriot’s was technically not an error, but was perhaps the most egregious, because he had forgotten to take his glove out to the field with him. Theriot made up for it later with a much more obvious throwing error.
When the comedy of errors was complete, starter Carlos Zambrano had given up the goat, and the Dodgers had a 5 run lead that they would not relinquish.
But the Cubs didn’t let Manny beat them.
“I’m just really proud of our guys, that they stuck to the plan,” manager Lou Piniella said. “I probably would have preferred they didn’t lose the game, themselves, but I appreciate the creativity in executing the plan.”
Now that the Cubs are down 0-2, and headed back to Los Angeles facing a possible sweep, will the plan change?
“I don’t think so. It’s worked pretty well so far,” Piniella said. “Why fix it if it isn’t broken? It’s for that same reason that I’m going to continue to start Kosuke Fukudome, despite the fact that he was the most pathetically, terrible, garbage hitter in all of baseball over the past few months. Heck, I might stick him back in the 2-hole.”