SAN FRANCISCO Theres no guarantee that this would have been a double play, but youll never know, because Starlin Castro didnt throw the ball to first base.
That mental mistake will bring those questions about the 22-year-old All-Star shortstop bubbling back up to the surface.
Its the last straw, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said after Mondays 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants. If he wants to play, he better start getting his head in the game. Period.
With the bases loaded at AT&T Park, Jeff Samardzija induced a groundball to second baseman Darwin Barney, who flipped it to Castro. That game-changing moment confirmed some of the worst fears inside the organization.
Castro touched the bag, avoided Brandon Belts slide into second base and kept on gliding, seemingly unaware that there were now only two outs in the fifth inning. The Giants scored the game-tying run and finished off a four-game sweep that left the Cubs (18-36) with 11 consecutive losses on the road.
Its not acceptable, Sveum said. These things got to stop happening or were just going to stop playing. These are things that my son does in high school maybe.
Sveum said it was irrelevant whether or not Castro could have turned the double play.
Its very embarrassing, Castro said. These things cant happen. I apologize to my team and everybody, because that type of thing is not supposed to happen.
It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.
Sosa hit the 30-homer threshold on June 21, 1998 in only his 71st game of the season. For perspective, the 2018 Cubs leader in homers on June 21 is Javy Baez with 14 and Mike Trout leads all of baseball with only 23.
At this point, Mark McGwire was ahead of Sosa, but the Cubs slugger was pulling closer. McGwire had 33 dingers on June 21 while Ken Griffey Jr. had 28 and Greg Vaughn had 25.
Sosa' June 21 homer came off Tyler Green and was his 5th blast of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field that year. But the Cubs lost that series, despite Sosa's efforts.
Fun fact: Sosa drove in 10 runs in the three-game series with the Phillies that summer while the rest of his teammates combined for only 9 RBI.
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