Let's get one thing straight: Derek Holland has been owning the Cubs' miserable loss to the Phillies on Twitter for the last 15 hours or so. Holland entered with the bases loaded and one out, allowing a walk-off grand slam to Bryce Harper that might still be flying, at this point.
Don’t blame them. Blame me. And the pitch was not down the middle. It was inside off the plate. And we lost because of me not because of them. I gave up the homer. Not them. Hold me accountable for the actions that Happened.— Derek Holland (@Dutch_Oven45) August 16, 2019
Ohh i know it’s my fault we lost. I threw the pitch he hit it. It was a pitch not even on the plate. He got the big contract to do that. Tip your cap and move on— Derek Holland (@Dutch_Oven45) August 16, 2019
So, before reading on in this story, realize that Holland is taking responsibility for Thursday night's loss. That certainly is admirable, but the reality is he doesn't deserve all of the blame -- Kyle Ryan, Rowan Wick and Pedro Strop each didn't have their A games on Thursday, either.
With that being said, let's move on to what Holland is owning next: Twitter users attempting to cast negativity his way. The best example comes from a Cardinals fan who made a light-hearted comment in response to one of Holland's tweets.
Things are good in Chicago I see https://t.co/wqpXhOSpLP— pissed off cardinals’ fan (@TheBirdCage11) August 16, 2019
Holland shut down that slander real quick:
Actually they are. We’re still in first place— Derek Holland (@Dutch_Oven45) August 16, 2019
Obviously, Thursday's loss (No. 38 on the road for the Cubs this season) was frustrating for the team and the fan base. There's been too many similar instances this year, and without a chunk of them, the Cubs would have more than a share of first place in the NL Central right now.
As Holland said, though, the Cubs are still in first place. Granted, they're tied with the Cardinals , who have two games in hand. Things could be better on the North Side, but let's not act like the world is ending.
Or, feel free to do so, if that's your thing. The baseball season is long, and the beauty of it is that a team has a chance to bounce back immediately after a tough game. The Cubs have a chance to do just that Friday against the Pirates.