Dodgers-Cubs NLCS: Dodgers catcher says Cubs were stealing signs in Game 2

Just in case you thought the NLCS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs couldn't get more tense -- and remember, the series is tied at 1-1 and heading out west -- then how about some gamesmanship talk?

That's precisely what Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal introduced to the equation following Game 2, stating primly that he knew the Cubs were stealing signs:

"Did we know [Ben Zobrist] had the signs and was doing something for it? Yeah, we did ..."

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"We are literally paranoid when it comes to men on second and they are trying to get signs."

It should be noted that while an accusation like this is sure to get people talking -- hey, us included -- it's not that big of a deal. Of course the Cubs are stealing signs -- every team steals signs. There's no rule against it; at best, there's an unwritten rule to not be so obvious about it. That doesn't stop baserunners from leaning one way or the other to indicate location, or using their hands to tip off the hitter about pitch type.

So, what should come from this? Maybe another new set of signs on the Dodgers' behalf. Otherwise? It's much ado about a baseball nothing -- especially since, you know, the Dodgers shut out the Cubs on Sunday night, with or without their signs being stolen.

CBS Sports Staff

R.J. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus, where he contributed to five of the New York Times bestselling annuals. His work has also appeared in Newsweek and... Full Bio

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