Dale Sveum not bothered by Nationals’ play
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org September 7, 2012 11:30PM
Updated: October 9, 2012 3:09PM
PITTSBURGH — Cubs manager Dale Sveum didn’t view events leading to a pair of bench-clearing incidents Thursday the way his bench coach apparently did and made no excuses for Jamie Quirk.
Quirk was the first of three Cubs ejected. He yelled from the dugout at Washington Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter in the fifth inning when the Nationals stole two bases and, with the bases loaded, swung at a 3-0 pitch with a five-run lead.
‘‘I didn’t have any problem with it,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘It was the fifth inning. I don’t expect my team to stop playing in the fifth inning up [7-2]. There’s a time when you stop, but I didn’t have any problem with anything they did.’’
Sveum stopped short of criticizing Quirk.
‘‘You have to talk to Jamie about that, but me, personally, I don’t want my guys to stop playing at that time,’’ Sveum said.
Quirk reiterated Friday that he doesn’t want to talk publicly about the incident until he has a chance to talk to league officials first.
Porter wasn’t ejected, despite approaching the Cubs’ dugout to confront Quirk. Umpire Jerry Layne said Quirk was tossed because he was the ‘‘instigator.’’
Sveum said he doesn’t see any bad blood lingering between the teams.
‘‘That was a strange occurrence the way that all happened, but there’s no bad blood going forward.’’