After nearly a 48-hour cooling off period, Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva(notes) finally stepped forward today to give his side of the altercation that took place in the team's dugout on Wednesday afternoon.
Silva placed the blame on his shoulders, saying that he was completely unaware of the defensive problems that were plaging the Cubs on the field during their early spring games.
He added it was a comment out his of own frustration that rubbed Aramis Ramirez(notes) — who had committed one of the three costly errors in the inning and was apparently also equally as frustrated— the wrong way.
"In spring training, it's a little harder because we don't watch every single game," Silva said. "I didn't even know my team had made that many errors, either. That was a very hard inning, not only for my team or for my coaches, but for me. I was trying to do something here, and I gave up those two homers, and I came to the dugout, I tried to take it easy, to relax, to let it go."
I find it a little hard to believe Silva didn't have some idea of the Cubs woes defensively. That said, it's just as difficult to blame him for showing his frustration. He's battling for his job in the starting rotation this spring. He didn't get a whole lot of help from his teammates, but he didn't help his own cause either by allowing a pair of home runs.
"The only thing I said was, 'We have to start making plays here.' He took it personally. I know it was my mistake. It was my fault because you don't say anything. But he took it personally and that's what happened. We argued in the dugout, and everything stayed there."
So that's that, apparently. This seems like a very minor incident in comparison to past Cubs dustups, but I'm not sure why this message couldn't have been conveyed eight innings after Wednesday's incident, or even at some point on Thursday.
On the plus side, the Cubs have only committed two errors in the 17 innings that have followed and there haven't been any public fisticuffs. Maybe that's nothing to write home about, but Mike Quade and the Cubs have to find their positives somewhere.