Anthony Rizzo blasts Miguel Montero for ripping Jake Arrieta
The Chicago Cubs clubhouse finds itself in a relative state of turmoil after catcher Miguel Montero called out Jake Arrieta over the Washington Nationals notching seven stolen bases in Tuesday’s 6-1 loss.
Count Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo among those who find Montero’s decision to air his grievances to the media as an unacceptable move.
Rizzo blasted Montero during an interview Wednesday morning on Chicago’s WMVP-AM (1000), noting that the catcher tends to play fast and loose with such matters when he’s upset.
“He’s frustrated. He’s obviously frustrated,” Rizzo said. “When anytime anyone steals seven bases, Miggy gets frustrated.”
But that doesn’t excuse Montero for his comments, according to Rizzo.
“We win as a team and we lose at a team. When you start pointing fingers, I think that labels you as a selfish player.”
Rizzo also called Montero out for continuing to commit such acts. The veteran catcher previously ripped Cubs skipper Joe Maddon for lack of communication and his dearth of playing time.
“It’s his second time barking at the media and not just going to his teammates,” Rizzo said. “As a veteran like he is, you’d think he’d make smart decisions about it.”
Montero fanned the flames of controversy by calling out Arrieta after Tuesday’s loss, saying in part, “That’s the reason why they were running left and right today because they know he was slow to the plate. Simple as that. It’s a shame that it’s my fault because I didn’t throw anybody out.”
Obviously, this clubhouse drama is the last thing the Cubs need at this point of the season. While it hasn’t been a complete disaster, the Cubs have had a disappointing campaign as they defend their World Series title. The team sits at 39-38, one game back of the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers in the standings.
That said, it’s no time to panic. But it goes without saying that the best thing for Montero to do is apologize and allow the Cubs to reboot and move on with the hope the incident doesn’t cause everything to go off the rails.