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KoryMac5
03-12-2008, 02:03 PM
Some fallout from the last Rays and Yankee game in which a Yankee catcher was run over in a hard play at the plate. Two ejections from the game so far as a result of Phillips throwing at Longoria. I am sure more info is coming. Baseball season is really here now. :beerme:

KoryMac5
03-12-2008, 02:08 PM
Here are the details: Per MLB


ST. PETERSBURG -- One day after Yankees manager Joe Girardi insisted his club would not retaliate for a violent home-plate collision in Saturday's game against the Rays, both clubs spilled onto the field at Progress Energy Park in a bench-clearing incident Wednesday.
In the first inning, Yankees starter Heath Phillips was ejected for throwing an up-and-in fastball to Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, grazing the batter and earning an immediate thumb from home-plate umpire Chad Fairchild.

Girardi vehemently protested Phillips' ejection, at one point raising his hands to the air. Right-hander Steven Jackson relieved Phillips with two outs in the first inning.

In the home half of the first, the Yankees' Shelley Duncan escalated the incident by sliding hard into second base, clearing both benches. Play halted for several minutes as the two clubs engaged in shoving, and at least one punch appeared to be thrown.

Duncan, Yankees third-base coach Bobby Meacham, Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long and Rays right fielder Jonny Gomes were ejected following the incident.

Tensions ran high between the Yankees and Rays on Saturday, when 22-year-old catcher Francisco Cervelli was hit hard by Rays infielder Elliot Johnson while blocking home plate. Cervelli fractured his right wrist and was scheduled to have surgery Wednesday in New York.

Girardi strongly criticized Johnson's play, calling it "unnecessary" for a Spring Training game.

Phillips was starting Wednesday in place of left-hander Andy Pettitte, who was scratched with tendinitis in his pitching forearm.

MartyFan
03-12-2008, 02:20 PM
I hope the Rays kick the living crap out of the Yankees...I hate them.

Screwball
03-12-2008, 02:56 PM
Some fallout from the last Rays and Yankee game in which a Yankee catcher was run over in a hard play at the plate.

I can't believe he would lay into the catcher in a meaningless ST match. Save it for the All-Star game, fella.

http://mlb.mlb.com/images/2006/08/03/aH9RkNyB.jpg

bucksfan2
03-12-2008, 02:59 PM
I really see it this way. If Girardi doesn't want his catch run over tell him not to block the plate. You can't have the catcher playing the game like it counts and not expect the runner, who is trying to make an impression on the big league club, to take it easy.

klw
03-12-2008, 03:10 PM
Was Billy Crystal in the middle of it?

http://www.theage.com.au/ffxImage/urlpicture_id_1064083135898_2003/09/26/26CRYSTAL,0.jpg

NJReds
03-12-2008, 03:13 PM
It looks like the non-retaliatory Yankees of the Torre era are gone.

KoryMac5
03-12-2008, 03:30 PM
I can't believe he would lay into the catcher in a meaningless ST match. Save it for the All-Star game, fella.


I saw the play and the Yankee catcher did take a shot, in defense of the Rays player the catcher was blocking the plate. I am sure the young kids with the high numbers on their jerseys don't know about certain unwritten rules. Their just trying to play hard enough to make the club.

Dom Heffner
03-12-2008, 03:51 PM
Girardi strongly criticized Johnson's play, calling it "unnecessary" for a Spring Training game.


What a big freaking baby. Would you like a bra to go with your panties, Joe?

How can a former catcher say that was unneccesssary? Unbelievable.

M2
03-12-2008, 04:07 PM
The DRays have forever been brawling with the Yankees and Red Sox. The franchise highlight reel is literally a bunch of on-field scraps with those two clubs. Part of it is the Rays have always been so young the players frequently don't realize when they're doing something that will set off another team. Part of it is they've surely always been told by their managers that they have to out-scrap the opposition if they truly want to win. And yet another part of it is surely a superiority complex on the parts of the Yankees and Red Sox. They seem to think it's the job of Tampa Bay to roll over and die quietly.

M2
03-12-2008, 04:10 PM
How can a former catcher say that was unneccesssary? Unbelievable.

Wouldn't you expect a former catcher to lobby for not running into the catcher?

Though my take is you can't be bowled if you're not blocking the plate. Ray Fosse would tell you that.

fearofpopvol1
03-12-2008, 06:12 PM
Maybe not for a spring training game, but I wish the Reds had fire like this instead of being so soft...

camisadelgolf
03-12-2008, 06:14 PM
I think this is a case of Joe Girardi just trying to get his players' good side by defending them. That, and Joe Girardi is just flat-out crazy.

Screwball
03-12-2008, 06:20 PM
I saw the play and the Yankee catcher did take a shot, in defense of the Rays player the catcher was blocking the plate. I am sure the young kids with the high numbers on their jerseys don't know about certain unwritten rules. Their just trying to play hard enough to make the club.

No argument here. I was just trying to make light of the situation.:)

Highlifeman21
03-12-2008, 06:21 PM
I can't wait for the regular season between the Rays and the Yanks.

What's the over/under on brawls between these two this year?

Chip R
09-20-2008, 09:26 AM
Just thought of this incident this morning and wanted to bump this up. Maybe the Reds should get into a brawl with the Yankees in ST next year. ;)

OnBaseMachine
09-20-2008, 11:36 AM
The Rays can clinch a playoff spot with a win today. That's incredible considering the Rays finished with the worst record in baseball last year at 66-96.

penantboundreds
09-21-2008, 07:47 PM
Change in philosophy....change in culture. Mind you they did a lot of this without Carl Crawford.