8/12 Sneak attack
Tampa third baseman Evan Longoria successfully caught Juan Uribe off guard with a hidden ball trick recently. Do the Cubs have such a play in their repertoire?
“No,” manager Dale Sveum said Monday. “It wouldn’t be a trick if I told you it.”
Do the infielders talk about trying to catch someone day dreaming on the bases?
“I don’t know — maybe,” said Sveum, not wanting to reveal any secrets.
“That wasn’t a play [the Rays] had, they were throwing the ball around,” Sveum said. “Everybody does it. People just don’t walk off the base. Everybody does it — if you watch in the course of the game, somebody will toss the ball over and sit and wait and then toss the ball back.”
— Carrie Muskat