Pirates Prove They Don't Have Diaz's Back

Rizzo goes unscathed leading to questions about Bucs togetherness

The Fan Morning Show
May 30, 2018 - 11:49 am
Elias Diaz down

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Apparently Elias Diaz is out on an island all by himself.

Tuesday night's game came and passed and not one pitch was thrown at Anthony Rizzo in response to his controversial slide at the plate on Monday, taking out Pirates catcher Elias Diaz.

Ron Cook of 93.7 The Fan and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote a column in Wednesday's newspaper about the feeling among the Pirates players about the Rizzo slide after talking with them. Ron said that he could not find a single player outside of Diaz himself who had a problem with the slide.

Even fellow catcher Francisco Cervelli had no qualms about it saying, "They (the Cubs) play hard. I don't see anything wrong with that."

This revelation stunned The Fan Morning Show with Colin Dunlap and special co-host for the week Jeff Hathhorn. Colin said that in all his years being around the game of baseball, he has never seen a catcher not stick up for or have the back of, another catcher on the same team. He says there has always been a special bond between those players, like goalies in hockey, because of the position they play and the things they go through. He not only didn't defend Diaz but he took the side of Rizzo and the Cubs. 

Jeff said this was a situation and a moment where the Pirates could have come together and stuck up for their teammate but they failed to do so. This was something that could have galvanized this team, but instead it may show a divide within the room. 

Colin said this in regards to the situation: "The Pirates, who have been beaten down, have been bludgeoned, been beat up by the Chicago Cubs, with Joe Maddon thumbing his nose at the Pittsburgh Pirates time and time again....it was laid out for them to say, 'Enough is enough.'     

Both men wonder why Elias Diaz is not looked at more as a sympathetic figure within the clubhouse. If you are Diaz now, don't you wonder about your standing on the team? Diaz said that the play could have ended his career and what did the Pirates do? Nothing. 

Jeff Hathhorn said the Pirates were like that kid that in front of the entire school got a wedgie and the bully said "What are you going to do about it?" and they said, "Nothing." And walked back and sat down.

Even if you didn't think the slide was dirty, when did the concept of having your teammate's back go out the window? 

The Pirates didn't act. Now we are left with questions about their great "clubhouse chemistry."

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