It may be spring training, but the Chicago Cubs are already acting like a team that’s in a bad place in mid-August. By that, I mean they are already fighting one another in the dugout. According to Foul Balls via Chicago Breaking Sports, Carlos Silva got roughed up by the Brewers on Wednesday afternoon, giving up six runs in the first inning. The three errors Silva’s defense committed behind him were no help, and the pitcher let his teammates hear about it when the frame ended.
CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler informed us that the player Silva got into it with was Aramis Ramirez, who committed two of the Cubs three first-inning errors. Ramirez later told reporters, “I’ve never had that problem (fighting teammates) anywhere, even in Little League.” Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune later added that Silva left the field without talking to reporters and still refused to comment later in the game.
Perhaps Chicago was exhibiting a lack of focus as a team, but it is early March. Does Silva really need to be getting that fired up? The Cubs haven’t won a World Series in over 100 years and they have a pitching staff that features hot heads Silva, Matt Garza, and Carlos Zambrano. If things aren’t going the way everyone planned by the All-Star break, we could be in for plenty more posts about dugout scuffles in Chicago.