In spring training Cubs manager Joe Maddon gave out t-shirts to his players which said “Try Not to Suck” on them. The message and its intent, I would hope, was obvious. And, because it’s irreverent, Cubs fans started wearing “Try Not to Suck” t-shirts too. You can buy them here. A percentage of the proceeds go to Cubs charities.
But don’t try to wear them to Busch Stadium. Some Cubs fans tried to for the series against the Cardinals. Officials there banned the shirts following complaints from . . . someone. It’s not entirely clear. The Chicago Tribune has the full story on it, along with Maddon’s reaction. He’s a bit perplexed to say the least.
I’m gonna guess that “Try not to suck” is not the most offensive message to ever appear on a t-shirt in Busch Stadium, but I’m sure some of you have anecdotes about that.
Braves 21-year-old outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. nabbed his 30th stolen base of the season on Friday, becoming the second-youngest player in Major League history to produce at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a single season. Per MLB Stats, the only other player under 22 years old to pull off the feat is Mike Trout, who did so with 30 home runs and 49 stolen bases during his age-20 season in 2012.
Acuña’s triumphant moment came in the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Mets. He drew a six-pitch walk against righty reliever Seth Lugo, then waited for an opportune moment as Ozzie Albies stepped to the plate. Lugo fired a 93-m.p.h. fastball to Albies for ball no. 2, which was promptly returned to second base by catcher Wilson Ramos. The throw came in high, however; Amed Rosario had to jump to make the catch, allowing Acuña to slide safely into the bag and hit his career mark.
It’s been an eventful season for the All-Star outfielder, whose 36 home runs and 30 stolen bases helps pad a .294/.377/.536 batting line and 5.1 fWAR over 597 plate appearances. Through the first 11 innings of Friday’s contest, he went 0-for-3 with a pair of walks and a stolen base.