Cubs manager Mike Quade rips into umpires for calls, comments
By Toni Ginnetti firstname.lastname@example.org July 18, 2011 12:36AM
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 17: Brett Hayes #9 of the Florida Marlins dives back to second base as shortstop Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs fall over him on a pickoff play during the eighth inning at Wrigley Field on July 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Marlins won 7-5. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images) R:\Merlin\Getty_Photos\119303006.jpg
Updated: October 27, 2011 12:30AM
Losing a game after a questionable call will eat at the nerves of any player or manager.
Cubs manager Mike Quade was steamed Sunday after a 7-5 loss to the Florida Marlins — a game that turned on an eighth-inning call by second-base umpire Lance Barrett — because he believes a pattern of adverse calls marked the weekend series. Improper comments made by umpires to his players also had him upset.
“I don’t make a lot of excuses,’’ Quade said. ‘‘I probably could’ve gotten run two or three times — young manager and all that — but it’s getting tough to watch this. A couple of calls in this series were mind-boggling and crucial and huge. And then some comments [were] made to players and other stuff that irritated me.
‘‘It was not a good series for us. But we are [held] accountable. A guy could miss calls, but they should be accountable, too. I don’t blame them, but we’re at the big-league level.’’
The Cubs lost three of four to the Marlins and fell 20 games below .500 (38-58).
The controversial play came with Kerry Wood (1-5) entering a 4-4 game. The first batter, Mike Stanton, reached on a wild-pitch third strike, but Mike Cameron hit into a double play.
Wood then hit John Buck with a pitch and walked pinch hitter Wes Helms. Brett Hayes entered to run for Buck at second.
As Hayes took a lead, Wood whirled and threw to Starlin Castro, who seemed to have the base blocked and tagged Hayes, but Barrett called him safe.
As replays were shown on the Wrigley Field monitors, the crowd of 37,634 roared angrily.
What followed was another Cubs meltdown.
Emilio Bonifacio hit an infield single to load the bases. Wood forced in a run by walking Greg Dobbs, and Logan Morrison singled home two more.
‘‘A terrible call, absolutely terrible,’’ Wood said. ‘‘I didn’t make pitches after that, obviously, but you get in a situation you have to get out of. I put the play on with Castro. [Barrett] was right on it and butchered it.
‘‘It is what it is. No excuses. I didn’t get the job done.’’
Wood approached Barrett after the call to complain, but Quade did not come out. Moments earlier, Quade had approached plate umpire Phil Cuzzi about the wild-pitch third strike on Stanton, questioning whether the bat touched the ball for a foul.
‘‘[Barrett] told me he got it right,’’ Wood said. ‘‘They never miss any calls. The crowd told him he missed it, but he’ll probably tell me [today] he still got it right.’’
Helms, who was at first, said he thought Hayes was out.
‘‘I got a lead off first base and could see [Hayes] was out,’’ he said. ‘‘I was getting ready to run off the field.’’
Hayes said he didn’t hear Barrett’s call.
‘‘All I was worried about was getting back,’’ he said. ‘‘I could hear the crowd and could tell they were [angry], so obviously I was safe. I felt like I was in there.’’
But Quade was equally upset at what he said were ‘‘comments at the end of the game that I thought were out of character to one of my hitters’’ by the umpires.
He didn’t elaborate, though the comment might have been made to rookie second baseman Darwin Barney, who struck out to end the game.
‘‘They wouldn’t say anything to a veteran player because I wouldn’t let them,’’ said Marlon Byrd, who led off the ninth with a single.
‘‘It’s frustrating for everyone,’’ said Quade, who had been holding in his thoughts about the umpiring. ‘‘I had to contemplate this. I’ve been quiet, but today was just too much. We have to do better, but they do, too.’’