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.
Anthony Rizzo (@Cubs) se disculpó con catcher Elías Díaz (@Pirates) por esta barrida en home.— Ivis Aburto (@IvisAburto) 29 de mayo de 2018
De acuerdo a la vieja escuela, la barrida puede considerarse correcta. ✔
Con la nueva regla, no lo es. ❌
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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.