Cubs skipper Joe Maddon won’t tolerate Junior Lake ‘acting like a punk’

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Joe Maddon either has a very good poker face or he doesn’t get angry that often.

He’s show emotion on the field and been ejected by umpires before, and Maddon has often spoken bluntly about issues with the Cubs’ performance.

But he has never expressed any frustration or disappointment within his own clubhouse to the media until Wednesday night.

Junior Lake flipped his bat, watched his sixth-inning home run and then shushed Miami’s dugout as he rounded third. A few words were exchanged before both benches cleared.

Watch the incident below:

It was a ridiculous moment made even worse by the fact that the Cubs were losing when it happened and went on to lose the game, 7-3.

Lake’s actions rubbed Maddon very wrong, and he said so plainly after the game.

“I just spoke to him, we spoke to him during the game,” Maddon said. “We don’t do that here and that will be the last time you see it. And I told them at home plate during the scrum, I told [Marlins pitching coach] Chuck Hernandez, because that’s who I saw, I said it’s our fault and we’ll take care of it. That’s it.”

Maddon continued:

“I don’t want us to take the fight there by acting like a punk,” he said. “I want us to take the fight there by playing the game properly and hard and fundamentally sound, and you know that we’re coming after you.”

Watch all of his comments on the subject below:

Read Gordon Wittenmyer’s story, ‘Young Cubs toe fine line between taking fight to NL and “acting like a punk,’ by clicking here.

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