In a May 14th game, again against the rival Cardinals, the Cubs were tied 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth inning with men on first and second with nobody out.
The Cubs' best hitter, Starlin Castro, was up to bat.
Instead of letting the No. 3 batter try to give the Cubs the lead, Sveum ordered a sacrifice bunt.
Geovany Soto was the runner at second, and the Cards went third to first for a rally-killing double play. Castro, batting .331 at the time, hasn't laid down a sacrifice bunt since 2010.
Here's Sveum's response to the play:
"He's a nice hitter, don't get me wrong," he said. "But you're going to be asked to bunt—you can do things. You can run. You can get a bunt down, and guys screw it up. You see bunts screwed up as much as anything. You have pitchers involved in plays and you have things happen. You're not just bunting sometimes to bunt."
That sounds like a viable explanation for some situations, but not when Castro or another middle-of-the-order hitter is up.
No other No. 3 hitter would have the bat taken out of his hands in this situation.