Well it was only a matter of time before shots were fired. This morning, Reds manager came back with some harsh comments towards Indians starter Derek Lowe, who last night called Baker out for purposely ordering Mat Latos to throw at him.
These quotes are courtesy of John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer:
“He had some words for me. I really didn’t want to make a public thing or a public spectacle. He’s the one who brought it up. He had some choice words for me. I really don’t care if he respects me. It doesn’t matter.
“No. 1, you’ve got to ask him why he hit Joey Votto in the back two years ago. Yesterday, he took exception to a ball inside that didn’t hit him, then hit Brandon Phillips after that.
“I’m not denying nothing. I didn’t order anyone to hit him. I told (Mat Latos) to buzz him and make him uncomfortable. That’s what happened. Nobody hit him. Then he hit our guy.
“What he was talking about was something that he said and did a few years. You got to ask him what that was. You got a lot people involved in the situation that didn’t need to be involved in the situation. It didn’t come from there.
“Go ask him since he made it public. Understand what I’m saying. I’ll let it rest at that since he’s such a big man running his mouth talking about himself.”
It really got ugly when a reporter asked Baker if it bother him when a player says he doesn’t respect you?
“Man, I don’t care,” Baker said. A lot of people don’t respect me. He don’t respect himself. The word was whatever he did and said probably there was a good chance he was drinking at the ballpark and he don’t remember what he said or what he did. OK.
“When he said I shook my finger at him to say I didn’t have nothing to do with it. It wasn’t to say I didn’t have anything to do with it. It was to say: Don’t mess with me or my team. That’s what that means. He better learn sign language. OK.
“I’m done with it.”
Wow. Baker called out Lowe for “drinking at the ballpark” as the reason he is getting his facts wrong. This is good stuff. The real question is if Baker will get fined or suspended for admitting he had Latos throw at Lowe. This is the same situation as Phillies lefty Cole Hamels admitting to hitting Nationals rookie OF Bryce Harper a month ago. Hamels actually hit Harper and was suspended for it.