Between the second and third innings of last night's loss to the Twins, the White Sox had an interesting little incident in the dugout involving A.J. Pierzynski and Alexei Ramirez:
Before the inning ended, Alexi Casilla stole second base, with Ramirez covering second but the ball sailing past him. The Sox got out of the inning, but television cameras caught Ramirez and Pierzynski exchanging words. Moments later, with Pierzynski sitting next to starting pitcher John Danks, manager Ozzie Guillen picked up a bucket of gum and spiked it. The gum scattered in front of the dugout.
I'll give you a few moments to catch your breath upon hearing the shocking news of Pierzynski's involvement in something like that. Seriously. Breathe in, breathe out. OK, ready to continue? As always, Ozzie Guillen provided some good quotes when asked what caused the ruckus:
That's us, that's private. I don't like my players digging into each other for no reason. I'm the one that makes those calls, I'm the one that gets into the players' butts. I was a little upset about it, but that's part of the game. I was upset with the way we were playing, too, and everything came together in the same inning. I was upset because things like that can't happen. I'm the one that puts the fingers on the players because this is my job, and anybody have a problem with that they know what to do.
Teammates fighting, gum flying, managers getting into players' butts. What a party!