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Should Cubs expect payback from Cardinals after Matt Holliday’s injury?

Should Cubs expect payback from Cardinals after Matt Holliday’s injury?

Should the Cubs expect payback from the St. Louis Cardinals after a Mike Montgomery fastball broke Matt Holliday’s right thumb? 

It’s the fuse waiting to be lit, given the history between these two teams and the escalating tensions within the rivalry, the Cardinals no longer being “the big brother,” as Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer has said, or big fans of Joe Maddon’s “Try Not To Suck” act.

That might have been Holliday’s last at-bat in a St. Louis uniform on Thursday night at Wrigley Field, depending on the treatment plan and whether or not the Cardinals pick up the All-Star outfielder’s $17 million option for 2017 or pay the $1 million buyout.

“That’s an absolute accident,” Maddon said Friday. “It just depends on your philosophy within, how you’ve been raised, what you think is the right way to do things. We’ve all had different parents, so some people react to situations one way.

“Truthfully, if that had happened to us, there’s no reason to (respond). It’s purely an accident. You know when something’s intentionally done or not. It really comes down to parenting.”

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With the best record in baseball and a double-digit lead in the division, Maddon took a more measured tone than last year’s calculated “Sopranos” rant, comparing the Cardinals to a crime family and saying he never read the franchise’s book on how to play the game.

“Was that a rant?” Maddon said. “It was a mini-rant. I don’t know. We’ll wait and see. I’d like to believe that the other side would determine, obviously, that it was an accident. But, again, it always comes down to parenting.”

Montgomery hadn’t pitched in a game since July 31, or really established himself at all since getting traded from the Seattle Mariners three weeks ago. The lefty swingman drilled Holliday, the third batter he faced, with two outs in the 10th inning of a tie game.

“It was just a pitch that got away,” Montgomery said after earning the win in a 4-3 walk-off victory that took 11 innings. “I never want to hurt anybody. I feel bad. It’s a part of baseball and it’s unfortunate. I was just trying to go in right there and it kind of went away from me a little bit.

“I would never want to see (that happen) to anybody. Your intent is never to do that. I definitely feel for him. It wasn’t on purpose. It was just one of those pitches in a big part of the game.”

Ex-Cub Andrew Cashner recently called retaliation part of “The Cardinal Way” after St. Louis hit Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, echoing Maddon’s vigilante message from last September.

“It happens,” Maddon said. “It’s just like ‘Stropy’ (Pedro Strop) sliding to pick up a ball and hurts his knee. It’s an accident. Montgomery is definitely not trying to hit (Holliday). At the end of the day, man, it does come down to parenting and what you’re taught and what you believe is the right way to do things.”

Kyle Hendricks takes in a Blackhawks game with... Bastian Schweinsteiger?

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Kyle Hendricks takes in a Blackhawks game with... Bastian Schweinsteiger?

A Cubs pitcher taking in a Blackhawks game in a suite is nothing special, but doing so with a World Cup winner is... different.

Kyle Hendricks was spotted by the cameras of Thursday's Blackhawks-Coyotes broadcast on NBC Sports Chicago. The guy he was standing next to was none other than Chicago Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, a World Cup with Germany and Champions League winner with Bayern Munich.

Hendricks is known for being reserved on the mound and in his interviews with the media. Meanwhile, Schweinsteiger was filmed yelling "Bear Down" in the hallway of Toyota Park after a Fire practice earlier in the day.

There's no telling what inspired Schweinsteiger to do this, but he has definitely embraced Chicago sports teams since joining the Fire in March of 2017.

Makes you wonder what Hendricks and Schweinsteiger were talking about. Best places to get brats in Chicago?

Ben Zobrist provides a hilarious glimpse into how he's spending a free October

Ben Zobrist provides a hilarious glimpse into how he's spending a free October

Ben Zobrist won't win the Comeback Player of the Year award this winter, but maybe he can take home a Grammy for Best New Artist?

The Cubs veteran infielder/outfielder posted a hilarious video on his Instagram Wednesday night showcasing how he's been spending October after the Cubs were unceremoniously ousted from the playoffs after on the third day of the month.

It's a fantastic music video of Zobrist lip-syncing to Mumford & Sons' "I Will Wait" while he nearly knocks the TV off the wall of his home by swinging the bat indoors pretending to hit off Clayton Kershaw and frolicking around a field that looks shockingly similar to Hershel's farm from the second season of "The Walking Dead":

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It always takes me a few weeks to process the season and begin the offseason. Here are my thoughts.....along with a unique way of making light of the postseason that should have been......... (special thanks to @dimtillard for help with Video) Maybe you feel the way I do. It was a very quick and abrupt ending to a good season for us. It leaves a sour taste in my mouth. But let’s not forget all the good that happened. This game and this team gives us something to pass the time, to express our love and passion, to feel the joy of the wins and the pains of the losses, and it calls us to unity when we so easily can be divided about so many other things. Each game is a microcosm of life. The game itself is not Life, but it helps us deal with life in a way. I’m thankful for even the painful losses at the end. The game can be a great teacher. I felt privileged to play with this team and play for our fans all year. We were stretched and we grew in new ways as individuals and as a group and that is always a good thing. We strive to win championships, but more often the process is the goal. We will be stronger because of all that we went through this year. What will I do now? I will travel and watch my wife crush her book tour. I will be in and out of Chi-town. I just got back home to Franklin, TN. I will find joy in raising and watching my kids grow and continue becoming their own person. I will rest and begin preparing for next season. I will work hard in mind, body, and spirit. I will help other players with @patriotforward and @showandgo. I will focus on personal growth and charitable endeavors and become a better man, teammate, friend, and player. To Baseball and Fans: For the next 5 months until I play next year.... I will wait for you....

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Zobrist also posted a lengthy caption on his perspective on the Cubs' disappointing end to the season:

It always takes me a few weeks to process the season and begin the offseason. Here are my thoughts.....along with a unique way of making light of the postseason that should have been......... (special thanks to @dimtillard for help with Video) 
Maybe you feel the way I do. It was a very quick and abrupt ending to a good season for us. It leaves a sour taste in my mouth. But let’s not forget all the good that happened. This game and this team gives us something to pass the time, to express our love and passion, to feel the joy of the wins and the pains of the losses, and it calls us to unity when we so easily can be divided about so many other things. Each game is a microcosm of life. The game itself is not
Life, but it helps us deal with life in a way. I’m thankful for even the painful losses at the end. The game can be a great teacher. 
I felt privileged to play with this team and play for our fans all year. We were stretched and we grew in new ways as individuals and as a group and that is always a good thing. We strive to win championships, but more often the process is the goal. We will be stronger because of all that we went through this year. 
What will I do now? I will travel and watch my wife crush her book tour. I will be in and out of Chi-town. I just got back home to Franklin, TN. I will find joy in raising and watching my kids grow and continue becoming their own person. I will rest and begin preparing for next season. I will work hard in mind, body, and spirit. I will help other players with @patriotforward and @showandgo. I will focus on personal growth and charitable endeavors and become a better man, teammate, friend, and player. 
To Baseball and Fans: For the next 5 months until I play next year....
I will wait for you....

Come for the Zobrist lip sync, but stay for the 37-year-old using a bat as a guitar while wearing a sleeveless shirt and rocking an old-timey top hat.

A year ago, Zobrist completely reshaped his offseason workout plan after three straight years of playing deep into October. It appears he's added another new trick to his winter workout — hopping over fences even though there is a clear opening just a foot away.

Hey, whatever works...