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07:48 AM ET 04.06 | Cubs pitchers were minding their own business while warming up Friday when a man came running toward them, frantically waving his arms and telling them to get off the field. But it wasn't the cranky old neighbor afraid some hooligans were ripping up his lawn. The agitated gentleman was none other than Braves general manager Frank Wren, who was trying to enforce a rule that says opposing players can't interfere with a team's batting practice. The Cubs' players ignored Wren and continued throwing. "They don't read rules very well, do they?" Wren said as he stormed into the Cubs' clubhouse to ask manager Dale Sveum to do something about it. The players eventually stopped and walked back into the clubhouse, laughing about the incident and Wren's reaction. Sveum said he couldn't comment on what had happened because he didn't see it. He said Wren "just asked me for a favor -- if I could keep the guys off the field because they were doing defensive work. That's it." Sveum acknowledged there was a rule the Cubs inadvertently had broken.

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April 6, 2013  08:36 AM ET

So the Cubs ignored the rule, Wren called them on it, and he's the one who did something strange. Nice job homers. You should have said nothing. Now you come across as double **** since you broke the rules and someone else is to blame.

April 6, 2013  08:55 AM ET

Too funny. The Cubs can't even WALK right.

April 6, 2013  09:06 AM ET

Too bad some Braves hitter did not smoke a line drive off of one of the Cubs pitchers not paying attention to what was going on. Perhaps the rule would make more sense then to them.

I understand they are bad, but dumb too?

April 6, 2013  09:11 AM ET

And to add insult to injury the Cubs lost the game as well.

April 6, 2013  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

So the Cubs ignored the rule, Wren called them on it, and he's the one who did something strange. Nice job homers. You should have said nothing. Now you come across as double **** since you broke the rules and someone else is to blame.

You serious? Who ever said someone else was to blame? Sveum was right. The matter was irrelevant. So they laughed off a crotchety old man who they didn't recognize. The poor slobbering fool. Big deal. Sounds like classic T&R material.

April 6, 2013  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

So the Cubs ignored the rule, Wren called them on it, and he's the one who did something strange. Nice job homers. You should have said nothing. Now you come across as double **** since you broke the rules and someone else is to blame.

Be quiet cellar dweller

April 6, 2013  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Be quiet cellar dweller

This coming from someone with a Cub logo.

April 6, 2013  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

And to add insult to injury the Cubs lost the game as well.

They excel at that.

April 6, 2013  10:10 AM ET

Nice slant job by the Tribune. The Cubs were the ones violating a rule and they write it up like Wren was the one out of line.

April 6, 2013  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

This coming from someone with a Cub logo.

Priceless!

April 6, 2013  11:28 AM ET

Wren's intense about batting practice since his prize acquisition, BJ, hasn't had a hit all year.

April 6, 2013  11:50 AM ET

Usually it is the opposing batters that kick Cubs pitcher off the field. This is different.

April 6, 2013  11:54 AM ET

Wren is low class in just about everything he does..to bad because with the exception of his the Braves area class group! I had dinner about two tables over from him last year...what a jerk to all the wait staff.

April 6, 2013  12:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Be quiet cellar dweller

After that priceless put-down... I got nothing! LOL

And a well-deserved one.

April 6, 2013  12:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Usually it is the opposing batters that kick Cubs pitcher off the field. This is different.

The hits keep coming! :-)

April 6, 2013  03:05 PM ET

Its not that the Cubs broke the rule so much as it is the way Wren handled it. Management from one team should NEVER address players on an opposing team in that fashion unless the situation is urgent. If this guy is willing to have a kanipshin over this, can you image what happens in more serious situations?

April 6, 2013  03:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Usually it is the opposing batters that kick Cubs pitcher off the field. This is different.

Nice.

April 6, 2013  10:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

You serious? Who ever said someone else was to blame? Sveum was right. The matter was irrelevant. So they laughed off a crotchety old man who they didn't recognize. The poor slobbering fool. Big deal. Sounds like classic T&R material.

I was talking about the huge slant on the story by the Tribune.

April 6, 2013  10:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Be quiet cellar dweller

Only if you promise to be quiet for the 150 games your team lives there.

 
April 7, 2013  05:37 PM ET

Yeah, big time slant job by the Tribune.

Jason heyward was taking fielding practice, and the pitchers were in the way. The pitchers didn't listen to Heyward when he asked them to get off the field, so he got a coach to ask Frank Wren to get them off.

Doesn't matter though.

Because the Braves broke out the brooms against the not so lovable losers.

I mean, the Upton Brothers killing the Cubs' pitching staff is one thing, but Ramiro Pena, a career backup/AAAA player filling in for Andrellton Simmons for a few games had the series of his life.

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