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The benches at Wrigley Field were cleared after the Cubs knocked down Andrew McCutchen and the Brewers outfielder struggled to take one for the team.
No love is ever lost between the Cubs and Brewers.
The two teams hate each other.
The fans hate each other.
And things went to another level on Saturday when the benches were cleared after Andrew McCutchen took a fastball off the side of the hip/thigh/butt region.
Benches vacant after Cubs beat Andrew McCutchen in revenge for Ian Happ who left with an injury
For comparison, the Brewers have made a habit of beating Cubs batsmen, particularly catcher Willson Contreras. And early in the game, Ian Happ had to leave the game after being hit by a pitch.
Since 2020, Brewers pitchers have hit Cubs batters 27 times, with Contreras being on the receiving end 15 times. That’s an amazing number.
The announcers said there was an intention to meet McCutchen. Good yes! Happ was hit by a pitch and forced out of the game after taking one off his knee. And with the overwhelming number of times the Brewers have hit a Cubs batter, it’s understandable why there was intent behind the field.
McCutchen is a veteran of the game and knows what’s happening between the lines. I would also get upset about taking a fastball off my body. But he removed it from the meaty part of the thigh and it didn’t even get near his head, which is a no-go.
Baseball’s unwritten rules can often be silly, but the Brewers should know that if you beat cubs batters with the same regularity that Wisconsinite puts mustard on brats, you only have to accept the consequences of your actions.
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