On the pregame show Dusty told Ron it was his plan all along to pull Mateo when he did. It had nothing to do with him drilling Clemens the inning before. I wish I could buy that.
Look, I'm not into machismo, and beanball wars, but for once this year a guy showed he had a pair for the Cubs. Dusty yanking him was like running the white flag up the pole. Like rolling over and raising your leg in submission. Winning in sports sometimes involves drilling a guy and sending a message. To his credit Clemens didn't make a big deal of it, he's certainly hit a lot of guys on purpose, he took it like a man and walked down to first. Hard nosed baseball, something rarely seen from a team managed by an ex-player who so frequently talks about how things were done in his day.