Fielder, Byrdak clear the air
Benches briefly cleared in Friday’s Brewers-Mets game at Citi Field after Prince Fielder’s groundout to end the top of the eighth inning. The man who had drawn Fielder’s ire called it a big miscommunication.
Mets left-hander Tim Byrdak had thrown a pitch high and tight to Fielder to start the at-bat, and Fielder let out a yell after grounding the next pitch, a slider low and away, to second base. He then approached Byrdak for a discussion while players emptied onto the field from both dugouts and bullpens. Order was quickly restored.
It’s all handled now,” Fielder said.
Here’s what happened, according to Byrdak:
“He had said something coming out of the box that I thought was directed at me,” Byrdak said. “I said something back. When he hit first base, he came back and asked me who I was talking to. I asked him who he was talking to. He said he was just talking to himself. I said, ‘OK,’ and I started walking toward the dugout and I see everybody hopping the fence to go back out. It was way blown out of proportion.”
Said Fielder: “I just wanted to make sure we were on the same page.”
Fielder made clear he had no problem with the inside pitch. He was made at himself for pounding the next one into the ground.
Both players were surprised to find themselves suddenly in the middle of a scrum.
“I was real surprised because it was something that was said in passing and I thought it was going to stay that way. I turned around and everyone was out there and everything, so I was kind of shocked. It was just something that got totally blown out of proportion.”
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