The Chicago Cubs haven’t had an easy go of it this season after winning the World Series last year. However, Joe Maddon and Co. have clawed their way atop the NL Central and are now 1.5 games ahead of the the Milwaukee Brewers. Though, a controversial call Wednesday night almost cost them a win. And those aren’t exactly coming in droves for Chicago these days. Ben Zobrist, with two men on in the bottom of the ninth inning of a tied game — a game in which Chicago gave up its five-run lead — was hit in the shin by a pitch. He went to first base after being pelted, only to have first-base umpire Chris Conroy send him back home after ruling he had been trying to bunt when the pitch hit him. Maddon wasted no time rushing out onto the field to vehemently argue against the ruling. In the midst of his tirade, he laid his hands on two umpires and was swiftly ejected. Then on Thursday, Maddon had plenty to say about what he viewed as an “asinine” move by Conroy — the cherry on top of what he’s viewed as a string of bad calls lately.
Joe Maddon rips umpires for ‘asinine’ call Wednesday night
Sportsnaut | Aug 17