Peter Gammons tweets that the Cubs are beginning to face reality (i.e. they’re going nowhere) and, as a result are thinking about trading Ted Lilly. They’d only think of it as loaning him to someone, however, as Gammons says Chicago would then try to sign him again once he hits the market after the season.
Sensible in that Chicago doesn’t need Lilly now but could really use him in the future. Risky, though, in that Lilly might get comfy wherever he goes. He might get used to, you know, winning.
I know this sort move has happened before, though at the moment examples are eluding me. Whenever I see it happen, though, I wonder how much of a wink and a nudge took place between player and team before the trade.
Last night in the top of the eighth inning of the Dodgers-Cubs game, Curtis Granderson struck out. Or, at the very least, he should’ve. After the game, the umpire who said he didn’t admitted he screwed up.
While trying to squelch a Dodgers comeback, Wade Davis got Granderson into a 2-2 count. Davis threw his pitch, Granderson whiffed on it, it hit the dirt, and Willson Contreras applied the tag for the out. End of the inning, right? Wrong: Granderson argued to home plate umpire Jim Wolf that he made slight contact with the ball, Wolf, after conferring with the other umps agreed, and Granderson lived to see another pitch.
Before he’d see that pitch, Joe Maddon came out to argue the call and got so agitated about it all he was ejected for the second time in this series. He was right to argue:
It all ended up not mattering, of course, because Granderson struck out eventually anyway.
Normally such things end there, but after the game a reporter got to Wolf and Wolf did something umpires don’t often do: he admitted he blew the call:
It’s good that the bad call ended up not affecting anything. But the part of me who likes to stir up crap and watch chaos rule in baseball really kinda wishes that Granderson had hit a series-clinching homer right after that. At least as long as it didn’t result in Cubs fans burning Chicago to the ground.