While Sunday's feud between Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen and Nationals rookie phenom Bryce Harper died down slightly a day later, the most publicized pine-tar incident since the legendary George Brett temper tantrum in 1983 was still a major topic of conversation before Monday night's game.

Guillen tried to reach out to Nationals manager Davey Johnson by telephone but the 69-year baseball lifer wasn't interested in rehashing the fourth-inning incident in Sunday's 4-0 loss to Washington.

At first, Guillen discretely told Nationals third base coach Bo Porter that the pine tar on Harper's bat was illegal because it was too high up on the barrel.