Reds’ Baker upset over Lowe’s comments
An inside pitch to Indians starter Derek Lowe – and comments he
made afterward about Dusty Baker – have the Reds manager riled
Cincinnati starter Mat Latos threw an inside fastball to Lowe
during the fifth inning of Cincinnati’s 5-3 win on Wednesday night.
Lowe gestured toward Baker, who shook his finger back at him. Lowe
hit Brandon Phillips with a pitch in the bottom of the inning, and
both benches were warned.
Lowe suggested after the game that the inside fastball was a
payback for a personal issue between him and Baker from a few years
ago. Lowe wouldn’t talk about the issue.
Lowe said he has ”zero respect for the guy,” and suggested
reporters should ask Baker about the matter.
Baker became angry when addressing Lowe’s comments before the
final game of the intrastate series on Thursday morning, saying the
pitcher had it wrong. He also dropped a hint about the nature of
”He don’t respect himself because the word was that whatever he
did and said, there was probably a good chance he was drinking at
the ballpark at that time three or four years ago, so he don’t
remember what he said or what he did, OK?” Baker said with an edge
to his voice.
Baker acknowledged having Latos throw inside to Lowe, but said
it didn’t involve any personal issue between the two of them.
Rather, it was retaliation for Lowe hitting Joey Votto in the back
during a game in 2009 at Great American Ball Park, when Lowe was
with Atlanta. Players from both teams were hit during that
”I’m not denying nothing,” Baker said. ”I didn’t order
anybody to hit him, but I told him to buzz him and make him
uncomfortable. That’s what happened. Understand what I’m saying?
Nobody hit him. But then he hit our guy.
”And what he was talking about was something that he said and
did a few years ago. You’ve got to ask him what that was.
Understand? And he got a lot of people involved in the situation
that didn’t need to be involved in the situation.”
Baker declined to be any more specific about it, leaving that up
”Since he’s such a big man, wants to run his mouth, tell him to
run his mouth about himself,” Baker said.
The Reds manager said that when Lowe looked at him in the dugout
after the inside pitch, he waved his finger back to send a message
about hitting Votto.
”That means don’t mess with me or my team, that’s what that
means,” Baker said.
When Lowe arrived at Great American Ball Park on Thursday before
the final game of the series, a 12-5 Reds win, he was called into a
meeting with manager Manny Acta. Lowe said he was aware of Baker’s
response, but wasn’t going to say anything more.
”I’m not saying anything about it,” Lowe said. ”I don’t care
what he said today. I’m not saying anything.”
Acta also declined to comment, saying, ”I’m not into
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