Manager Buck Showalter charged out of the Orioles dugout at the end of the first inning Monday night, shouting angrily at Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Showalter was so hot, in fact, that he had to be restrained by the umpiring crew.
It didn’t take a very astute lip reader to figure out what Showalter was saying on the video replay, and the first thing out of his mouth cannot be printed here. Then he clearly was saying “That ain’t right, Joe…That ain’t right.”
As if Yankees-Orioles could generate any more heat this week, there were the teams’ managers yelling at each other Monday night, complete with Buck Showalter flashing a throat-slash gesture and Joe Girardi accusing Baltimore of sign-stealing.
The Yankees’ 4-2 loss to Baltimore might have been filled with playoff implications, what with the teams in the tangle for the second wild-card berth. But it was just the undercard to the fiery – and rare – confrontation between managers that flared between the first and second innings and prompted umpires to issue warnings to both teams.
Jason Giambi, who collected the 2,000th hit of his career Sunday, says he’d like to stick around and get a few more in 2014.
“I would love to play next year,” said Giambi, 42. “Hopefully it will be here. I love it here. I love the direction the team is going and the things we’ve got going here.”
The key to any winning baseball campaign?
It’s the pitching, stupid.
So what does that say about the Cubs?
If you’re looking for a State of the Pitching address from the Cubs for what lies ahead in this rebuilding process, look no further than what played out in three cities over the last two days.
The Cardinals don’t want to name-drop – what other teams choose to do with their young, cherished arms is, after all, their business – but one pitcher is on the tip of the tongue when exploring how they preserved rookies Shelby Miller, Michael Wacha and others this season.
That’s because when the Cardinals played Washington in the first round of the playoffs last October, they didn’t have to face Stephen Strasburg. The Cardinals didn’t want to give an opponent the same luxury.
It started with a testimonial to Jason Giambi on the occasion of his 2,000th hit and ended with an abbreviated account of a career derailed by injuries.
The moral of the story: None was intended, but Indians manager Terry Francona gave voice to the precarious nature of being a professional athlete.
Asked his reaction to Giambi’s achievement, Francona said, “Giambi means so much to me. Yesterday my high school coach came up here for the game. He’s the person who taught me how to enjoy baseball. I wanted to introduce him to Giambi. I try hard to say it [praise Giambi], but I think I come up short.”
Dan Butler has more than earned the major-league call-up he’s probably not going to get.
Because three catchers are enough for a major-league team, Butler doesn’t figure to get what would be his first promotion to the Red Sox even after the PawSox season concludes. That presumably will have to wait until next season – and, given the catching depth in the organization, there’s no guarantee it’ll come with the Red Sox.
After Uribe hit his career-high third home run in the Dodgers’ 8-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, the same fans who constantly booed him over the last two seasons insisted he come out of the dugout. Uribe climbed a few steps and tipped his cap.
“That’s something you never forget,” Uribe said. “That made me emotional. For me, that was huge.”