Phillies' Joe Girardi, Jean Segura patch things up after dugout confrontation

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Girardi and Segura patch things up, express love for each other originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The air is clear.

Joe Girardi and Jean Segura still love each other.

“Yeah,” Segura said at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, a few hours before making the start at second base against the Miami Marlins. “We love each other. Absolutely.”

Girardi and Segura clashed in the dugout during Sunday’s game in Dunedin, Florida. Segura made an error in the first inning. Girardi said something to Segura after the inning and the player had to be restrained from going after the manager.

The two men spent part of Monday’s off day talking by phone. There were other in person chats between the two, Segura said.

“Everything has passed and we’re all good,” Segura said. “We cleared it up, and at the end of the day we’re here to win baseball games.

“I don’t want to talk about it anymore. I’ll leave it in the past. Like Joe said, whatever is said on the bench stays on the bench and whatever is said in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse. At the end of the day, we’re all here and we’re loving each other and we’ll continue to play the game.”

The Phillies lost Saturday night’s game, 4-0, to Toronto. They struck out 14 times in the game and made three errors. In his postgame news conference, Girardi was extremely frustrated with the defense.

“Catch the ball," he pleaded. "Just catch the ball."

The next day, Segura made an error in the first inning and the still-frustrated Girardi lashed out at him. 

Segura made zero errors in 239 innings at second base last season. He’s made four in 207 innings this season. Three of them came over the weekend in Dunedin, where the Blue Jays have temporarily relocated because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“That stadium is kind of (crappy), you know?” he said. “I don’t want to make an excuse but last year I didn’t make any errors at second base and this year I have four errors already, three there.

“I’ve been playing really good defense. I don’t know what’s going on there. I kind of lost it. That infield was hard, like taking ground balls on concrete. Everything speeds up. You’re not normally playing in a stadium like that. It happened. I don’t want it to, but it happened. I never want to be a sloppy player in my career.”

Girardi would not discuss the dugout confrontation with Segura after Sunday’s game. He commented in general on Tuesday.

“Everything that happens here, I always make sure that we take care of,” he said. “As I said, there’s a time and a place and I’m not always going to tell you when the time and the place is. But we take care of things. That’s what we do.

“He’s in the lineup today, yeah. I mean, there’s things that I’m not going to choose to share with you guys and I understand that you’re going to ask a number of times. But it’s like, every little spat that you have with someone that you love at home you don’t go and tell everyone around you, you know?”

Girardi considers the case closed. The air has been cleared.

“I told him I love him,” the manager said.

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