Mike and Chris went at it today in one of the only non horse racing segments on the show while discussing the Red Sox in dugout brawl last night between Manny and Kevin Youkilis.
Before getting into what Mike revealed his sources told him were the reasons for the in dugout festivities, the arguement between Mike and Chris was classic because neither one of them was listening to the other.
This debate showed several things
1. Mike's source with the Red Sox is not a good one
2. Mad Dog's vibe on the makeup of the Red Sox is also not good. (maybe stick to the new york teams boys)
(this is an area that does drive me crazy, when Mike and Chris talk about a non new york sports team as if they know them as well.. news flash.. they don't)
1. Mike revealed that according to his source that the reason for the fight was that Youkilis was pissed that Manny didn't get out of the dugout soon enough to defend Coco Crisp (ala George Foster with the Mets many years ago). Mike stated this as fact and then went with it the entire segment. But ESPN.com reported something very different on their website.
A Red Sox source told ESPNdeportes.com that the cause of the dugout disagreement was Youkilis' temper following a poor at-bat.
"It all happened because Manny complained about Youkilis' habit of throwing bats, helmets and other objects in the dugout when he has a bad at-bat, something that has become a constant practice," the source said.
"Other players have told Youkilis in the past about the situation, which makes him look selfish and that he is more worried about each at-bat than about the team. If Boston is winning easily, there's no reason to throw objects all over the dugout because of a bad at-bat.
2. Russo's opinion was that the members of the Red Sox probably like Youkilis more than Manny because Manny is a goofball. Well, that doesn't appear to be the case, if you continue reading what was in the ESPN.com article.
"There was a meeting where the team let Youkilis know that many of his teammates were tired of his explosive reactions for each bad plate appearance. It became very bothersome … more so when the team is winning and it's in first place. There's not much room for individualistic attitudes."
A QUICK ASIDE.. and maybe this is me reaching, but i did feel that Russo was leaning towards the white players being the leaders of the team rather than Manny. In his examples he kept saying that players like Dustin Pedroia or Mike Lowell would be behind Youkilis more than Manny. Why would that be Chris?
A very odd heated arguement. When it was over and right before commercial i wondered what happens between Mike and Chris after those moments. Is there any residual ill feelings? Is it just for show? Who knows... I know one thing, i will be very excited when the Belmont is over.
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