CHICAGO -- Before Wednesday's game against the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was diplomatic about the notion the San Francisco Giants probably didn't get a fair outcome when umpires declared the Cubs winners the night before in a 4 1/2-inning game that was called because of unplayable conditions after a 15-minute downpour and a 4-hour, 34-minute delay.
"I can see why they are very upset, but it's the rule," Rizzo said before the Cubs lost to the Giants 8-3 on Wednesday night. "A rule is a rule. We have no problems with the Giants. We respect them. It's unfortunate. It just happened."
That was before the Giants won a protest of the game. About an hour before the first pitch Wednesday, the league said the game Tuesday would now be suspended and completed Thursday afternoon.
"I think it would be better if I didn't comment on that," Rizzo said after the new decision was announced.
No one likes giving back a win, and in this case the Cubs' hierarchy helped the Giants make their case. They admitted the tarp wasn't properly ready to be deployed, opening the door for winning the protest.
"I will reiterate what I said last night, I believe in karma," manager Rick Renteria said. "And everyone was trying to do the right thing yesterday. We didn't make the decision, the league made the decision, this is what should be done. We're going to abide by it and hopefully we'll go out there and finish it off."
But again, the Cubs helped the league make the decision by advocating for the Giants. Earlier, general manager Jed Hoyer admitted sportsmanship won out over the Cubs adding a win to their season. That might be easier to swallow for someone in management but not a player.
"I'm just not going to say anything about it," a clearly annoyed Rizzo said.