Even though he was hopping mad, and even though TV replays showed he was right, Cubs manager Mike Quade admits he has been kicked out of enough games this season already.
Quade earned his third ejection of the year in the second inning of Saturday's 1-0 loss to the White Sox at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs had runners on first and second when Alfonso Soriano grounded into a 5-4-3 double play. Quade felt -- and replays confirmed -- that Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham was nowhere near the second-base bag as he took the relay throw from third baseman Brent Morel.
Second-base umpire Paul Emmel called baserunner Marlon Byrd out, and that set Quade off.
"He gave me a chance," Quade said of Emmel. "I wasn't too happy. That's one of those things, I was out of the dugout as the play was developing. I've told you guys I don't manufacture stuff. I was mad. Paul is a good umpire. I just thought he was way off the bag. That shouldn't be given."
Even so, Quade said he has had enough of being kicked out of games.
"I'm not about getting run out of here," he said. "We're 82-83 games in. That's about enough for a while."
The players seemed to appreciate Quade fighting for them.
"That's a huge thing," said starting pitcher Matt Garza. "He went out there and said, 'I'm not going to let this happen. This is our turf. I'm not going to let that happen. This shouldn't stand.'
"He went out there, and he had every right to, and I feel he was correct. I think he was right to do what he did."
Byrd is back:
Center fielder Marlon Byrd returned to the active roster and the lineup after recovering from a terrible beaning in Boston on May 21, when a pitched ball broke bones in his face.
Byrd completed a rehab assignment at Class AAA Iowa, where he was even hit by a couple of pitches. He batted sixth against the White Sox on Saturday and went 0-for-3. He was received warmly by the fans in center field.
"Normal," he said of how he felt. "No thought process. Just go out there and play. I broke up a play at second base. Whatever happens, happens. You can't go out there with any fear in this game. The game's too fast.
"I love it. I love playing here. I love the fans. You play hard, they love you."
Byrd said he likely will wear a protective face mask on his batting helmet the rest of the season.
To make room on the roster for Byrd, the Cubs optioned outfielder Lou Montanez back to Iowa.
This and that:
Matt Garza tossed the seventh complete game of his career and first since Aug. 6, 2010, at Toronto while with Tampa Bay. … The crowd of 42,165 was the largest at Wrigley Field ever for a Cubs-White Sox game. … Second baseman Darwin Barney went 2-for-3 with a walk, raising his batting average to .298.