Write this down: You can try to steal with a big lead

Cubs manager Mike Quade is mad that A.J. Ellis attempted to steal with the Dodgers holding a seven-run lead in the fifth inning Friday, writes Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com. Preposterous.

Just as it’s crazy to be told that you’re not allowed to bunt for a base hit to break up a no-hitter, even if the game is close, it’s just plain dumb to suggest that a team with a lead should stop trying in the middle of a game. Should the Dodgers stop trying to get on base as well?

What’s funny is that the supposed insult didn’t even come with, say, the 10-run lead in the ninth. Four more runs were scored after Ellis was thrown out stealing. If the Cubs had scored those runs, the game would have been back in doubt, just like that.

What’s funniest is that someone, as soon as today, will purposely throw a baseball near someone else’s head, and we’ll be told that’s the mature response.

“I’ve got to brush up on my unwritten rules things,” Quade said. “There might be a Los Angeles and Milwaukee (referring to a similar incident) version I need to read.”

Sometimes sarcasm speaks the truth.

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  • Today, Andre Ethier can tie Steve Garvey (1978) for the longest Los Angeles Dodger hitting streak ever in April.
  • I didn’t get around to mentioning this earlier, but Vicente Padilla was activated Friday and Ramon Troncoso was optioned.
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