David Brown

  • Yankees' Girardi and Rays' Maddon at odds after Jeter hit by pitch

    David Brown at Big League Stew4 hrs ago

     

     

    New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the Tampa Bay Rays should stop pitching inside if they're going to keep hitting his players.

    Rays manager Joe Maddon says thanks for the advice, but no thanks. Oh, and we're not really sorry, either.

    Girardi got his Italian Irish up Tuesday night after Yankees captain Derek Jeter was hit on the left hand by Steve Geltz on an 0-2 pitch in the eighth inning. Umpire Rob Drake warned both teams, which brought out Maddon and Girardi — who didn't like being warned when his team hadn't done anything.

    Girardi even yelled the Rays' way — getting animated at Geltz or Maddon or both — because Geltz's pitch went up and in. Not long after, Girardi was ejected for continuing to argue from the dugout. Girardi noted later to the media that Rays pitchers hit the Yankees five times over the past four games, including Jeter twice and Chase Headley in the mouth.

    Via NJ.com, Maddon said:

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    Wed, Sep 17
    4:10 PM PDT
    NY Yankees at Tampa Bay
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  • Umpire ejects boorish fan for heckling Bryce Harper

    David Brown at Big League Stew10 hrs ago

    Not everyone at Turner Field took it in stride as the Washington Nationals clinched the National League East against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

    Word on the street is that umpire Tim Welke had been coexisting with a fan who was heckling Bryce Harper for several innings. By the time the sixth inning rolled around, and the fan refused to stop yelling such creative taunts as "You [bleeping stink], you piece of [bleep]!" Welke drew a line and had security eject him.

    Here's a link to video of the event that includes some NSFW language you can barely make out.

    "Hey! Hey! Get rid of that guy! Get rid of him now!" Welke said heroically to an usher. 

    Harper otherwise appeared ready to get on with the game, but apparently Welke had heard enough F bombs.

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    Wed, Sep 17
    4:10 PM PDT
    Washington at Atlanta
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