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Showalter, Girardi and Dickerson comment on dustup

  Here are the post-game transcripts of what Orioles manager Buck Showalter, Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Orioles third base coach Bobby Dickerson had to say about Monday’s dust-up after the first inning in which the two managers screamed at each other and had to be separated by the umpires.

BUCK SHOWALTER

What caused you to come out of the dugout?
 “(Girardi) was yelling at the third base coach. Somebody’s wearing black and orange, I’m not going to let that happen. I’ve known Bobby for a long time and … when Nicky (Markakis) came across the plate he said (Girardi) was yelling out of the dugout at Bobby for some reason. I know Bobby Dickerson pretty well and so I knew Bobby might have something to say on his way back to the dugout. And he did.”

Was he accusing Dickerson of stealing signs?
   “I think so. I’m pretty sure that’s what (Girardi said). If we were doing that, Manny (Machado) wouldn’t have bunted, right, if we had the pitches.” Machado bunted Markakis to third.

Were both sides warned?
“Yeah.”

Is the matter closed?
“We got to play nine innings. Hey, we all do that (watch other teams for stealing signs). I think when people are at second base you, or we, constantly change our signs with them and the other clubs that you see a lot in our division. … In our mind, it’s not happening … but I understand how someone, a lot of people … when I come off the bench every night I look at that same thing. There are a lot of little checkpoints you’ve gone through with experience over the years, so you look. It was something, in our dugout, our guys were wondering what in the world it was all about. Because obviously (sign stealing) wasn’t happening.”

Did it fire your team up?
  “I hope not. If we need that at this point, no. I think what fires you up is (Chris) Tillman pitching as well as he did. And having a good outing against a really good pitcher in (CC) Sabathia who pitched real well, too. Impressive. He knew they needed some innings with their bullpen and he gave it to them.”    

Girardi said he was protecting his players.
"And I respect that. Joe's a good man.”

Will you speak privately with Girardi?
“Well, if I was going to, I wouldn't broadcast it in here. I gained a lot of respect for Joe over the last couple of years, especially when he was going through the thing with his dad last year in the playoffs. Two competitive good teams and we're fighting for the same thing, so there's a small margin for error. I look at those things (sign stealing) the first 10 or 15 pitches every night. There's certain little check points. I go around the field to see if everything's in order before you get into the game. But Bobby's not giving pitches.”

How unusual is it for that to happen?
“I don't get into theatrics or whatever. If I feel something, I'll express it. Simple as that. And Joe will, too. I don't get into the history or the protocol. I could give a ‘you know what’ less. It strikes a chord in me and I stand accused. And so does Joe. We've got two good teams and we're competing for something very special with 19 or 20 games left and nobody's going to apologize here for caring about giving both of our teams the best chance to win.”

 

JOE GIRARDI

What happened?
“The one thing that I’ve done the whole time I’ve been here and everywhere I’ve been, I’m going to protect our players always. That’s what I’m going to do and it was something I saw and I’m just going to leave it at that.”

Why did he come back out to talk to the umpires after they warned both benches?
 “The warning. You know, because guys need to pitch inside. Their guy needs to pitch inside, our guy needs to pitch inside, and I don’t want someone to get ejected because they think they hit a guy on purpose when, in this instance, I don’t think anyone was going to do that.”

Girardi was asked several more times about specifics and he declined to answer.

 

BOBBY DICKERSON

What happened?

“I was standing there coaching in the first inning and I hear somebody yelling at me. I looked at the dugout and Joe’s yelling at me.”¿

History with Girardi?
“No, he was just yelling at me.”

Has any manager ever yelled at you before?
“Never. Never heard of such a thing.”

What was he yelling?
“‘I know what you’re doing.’ Yelling it, body language, pointing at me. That’s it. And I’m a grown man, that’s all. I don’t see why he was yelling at me. I just said, ‘You don’t know anything. You don’t even know me to be yelling at me.’”

Think he was accusing you of stealing signs?
“I assumed it, I guess after. I was still trying to figure what happened. Nick was just batting. As a matter of fact the ball was in the air and going off the wall when we were having our first exchange.”

It started right away?
“Immediately, like right when I got to third base. I didn’t hear him at first. I heard something and as I looked at the dugout, he was right there yelling at me from the far end. And I was running off the field, something else was said. And after that it was over. As I passed by, that’s when something was said and I stopped. That’s when it started and that’s when Buck came out and he informed me to go to the dugout, so I went to the dugout.”

Do you consider what was said inappropriate?
“You know what? I’m just trying to do my job over there and nobody’s going to yell at me for nothing. That’s all. I’m a grown man and he’s going to challenge me. That’s the way I took it.”
 

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