Some of the greatest boxing matches of all time had even greater nicknames like Ali/Frazier’s “Thrilla in Manilla” and Ali/Foreman’s “Rumble in the Jungle.” Wednesday afternoon, Cubs fans were treated to their own battle of historic proportions as rotund pitcher Carlos Silva and languid third baseman Aramis Ramirez duked it out in the Cubs dugout in a bout being referred to worldwide as “Blubber vs. Flubber.”
The scuffle broke out after the Cubs surrendered six first inning runs to Milwaukee, behind three fielding errors, including one by Ramirez, and two home runs served up by Silva himself. Several teammates, including Ryan Dempster, were quick to break up the fight before any damage was done.
“There really wasn’t any need to intervene, but instincts took over,” said Dempster. “As slow and lazy as both of those sad sacks are, it would have taken at least 10 minutes for either of them to actually land a punch.”
The bout “Blubber vs. Flubber II” pitting Carlos Zambrano vs. Alfonso Soriano is expected to take place sometime in late May or early June at Wrigley Field when the Cubs are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
By Jeremy Barewin