After Rizzo's hard slide at home, Maddon doesn't expect retaliation from the Pirates

This caused some outrage

Joe Maddon

Joe Maddon | AP

Just a day after Anthony Rizzo made a questionable slide at home plate on Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon defended his player's actions and expects that the Pirates don't take revenge against Rizzo, as the series between both teams continue this Thursday.


Maddon said that was not Rizzo's intention to hurt Pirates' catcher saying that there are worse things that a player can do to hurt another fellow ballplayer, as he said to the Radio Show 670 The Score:

"It's much worse when a team throws at a player intentionally than when a player makes a hard slide. There is no argument. It's an inane argument. I don't understand it. That's the way the play is supposed to be played.

Rizzo made a slide at home plate and he clipped Elías Díaz, which caused him to miss his throw at first base, which led the Cubs to score two runs.