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Maddon to talk with Lopez about bat flip

Posted on: April 10, 2011 1:18 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Early Saturday evening in Chicago, there was a heated exchange between Felipe Lopez and several members of the White Sox -- including manager Ozzie Guillen and catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

The issue started when White Sox pitcher Chris Sale threw an inside pitch to Lopez, who stared down Sale for apparently having the audacity to pitch inside -- seriously, it was not anywhere near his head, nor did Lopez have to dive out of the way. It was just an inside pitch. Lopez followed with a no-doubt home run. After the ball left his bat, he flipped his stick toward the mound. Yes, into the field of play. When Lopez arrived at home, Pierzynski greeted him with a simple question. You could read his lips, and the clean version is that he just wanted to know what that bat-flip was all about. Lopez and Pierzynski were separated by the umpire while several guys from the White Sox dugout, including Guillen, were screaming toward the field in anger as well. Fortunately cooler heads prevailed and nothing further happened.

Sunday, Rays skipper Joe Maddon made it very clear that type of behavior will not be tolerated.

"That's not who we are. That's not how we play,'' Maddon said. "I'm not into the end zone demonstration that much. I think we've really morphed into this, I believe, very classy group over the last several years and I want to maintain that kind of thought about us. I don't even want to say image - you think about the Rays, you think these guys handle themselves in a certain way. So, we don't do that here.'' (TampaBay.com )

Good for Maddon, though it's hardly surprising. He's one of the most respected managers in the game for a reason.

To be fair to Lopez, he said he didn't flip the bat toward the mound on purpose and that he called Guillen to apologize. I definitely buy the apology, but you rarely, if ever, see a bat accidentally tossed that far into the field of play. And we know the staredown of Sale wasn't an accident. The smart money is on him realizing his error later and then calling Guillen, but all's well that ends well and the situation seems to have been put to bed.

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Comments

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:18 am
 

Maddon to talk with Lopez about bat flip

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Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: April 11, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Maddon to talk with Lopez about bat flip

I'm just curious, did Lopez bother to call Sale or A.J and apologize, or just his fellow latino Guillen?

LOL, does it matter.




Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: April 11, 2011 11:43 am
 

Maddon to talk with Lopez about bat flip

I wouldn't call him a moron but he's got some hotdog in him.  Doubtful even Ozzie would have Sale sending a message with a 3 run lead.  Ozzie is just wanting to get home with the win because leads evaporate so quickly in both Chitown ballparks.  And really does the Whitesox bullpen seem to a bastion of pitchers with command, control and dominance?  No!!!  They are fortunate to get to the 9th with a lead and holding it is a miracle.  No foul from Ozzie but if I was Lopez I would be ready to hit the deck when the Whitesox come to Tampa or even Longoria....Ozzie is funny that way.



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: April 11, 2011 11:32 am
 

Maddon to talk with Lopez about bat flip

Maybe the pitch got away from from him.  None the less Ozzie does play a hard nosed brand of BB and his pitchers will throw at anybody at anytime.  As the pitch, the bat got nowhere near Sale or his head...just sent a message and Lopez acknowledged he does'nt like the ball inside.  I expect Lopez will see more inside pitches in Chitown and the rest of the AL cities.  Big mistake, never let the pitcher know he got in your head and never rub the spot you got hit.  Take your base and send the trainer back to the dugout. 



Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2011 11:15 am
 

Maddon to talk with Lopez about bat flip

I'm just curious, did Lopez bother to call Sale or A.J and apologize, or just his fellow latino Guillen?



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: April 10, 2011 4:36 pm
 

Maddon to talk with Lopez about bat flip

Felipe Lopez is a moron.

Yeah, dude. Sale REALLY wanted to put a runner on base with a 3 run lead in the 9th.

What an idiot.



Since: May 8, 2009
Posted on: April 10, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Maddon to talk with Lopez about bat flip

Boone Logan?



Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: April 10, 2011 2:33 pm
 

Maddon to talk with Lopez about bat flip

Sale didn't deserve that, Lopez had a momentary brain fart, apology hopefully puts it to bed.  Ozzy, however, is one class-less POS, and cannot expect clubs to treat the Sox with any more respect than he shows them.  I'm glad for all the pre-season hype, it will make his late August meltdown all the sweeter.  AL Central belongs to Twins until someone knocks 'em out, so far the Sox aren't looking like world beaters.  Kudos on dumping Boone Logan though, definitely addition by subtraction.



Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: April 10, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Maddon to talk with Lopez about bat flip

Its not over until he takes in the ribs today.



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: April 10, 2011 2:04 pm
 

Maddon to talk with Lopez about bat flip

He apologized. Discussion over.


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