Cubs catcher Miguel Montero was really frustrated after Tuesday’s game because the Nationals stole seven bases against Jake Arrieta.
Here is what Miguel Montero said after the game to the media:
“It really sucked because the stolen base go on me. When you really look at it, the pitcher doesn’t give me any time. It’s like, ‘Oh, yeah, Miggy can’t throw anybody out.’ Yeah, but my pitchers don’t hold anybody on. It’s tough. … I don’t get a chance to throw. That’s the reason they were running left and right. They knew he was slow to the plate, simple as that.”
The drama continued as Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was asked about Montero’s comments during an interview on ESPN 1000 on Wednesday.
“It’s frustrating. Whenever anyone steals seven bases, Miggy gets frustrated. It’s the second time barking in the media and not going to his teammates. As a veteran like he is, you’d think he’d make smart decisions about it. We win as a team, we lose as a team. When you start pointing fingers, that just labels you as a selfish player. I disagree. I think we have another catcher who throws out anyone who steals. and he has Jon Lester who doesn’t pick over, that’s no secret. I think going to the media with things like that, I don’t think it’s very professional.”
“Something like this, it’s out in the public now,” Rizzo said. “Things that get handled over coffee and in the clubhouse are things people never know about. This is all over ‘Sportscenter’ last night and we’re talking about it today. We win as 25, we lose as 25, and to call your teammates out via the press, what’s the point?”
Rizzo said he wasn’t aware of Miggy’s comments until he got back to the team hotel after Tuesday’s game.