On the first pitch he threw after being called upon to get out of a bases-loaded jam on Monday night, Amir Garrett watched a fly ball land in deep center field for a walk-off, 6-5 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field. It was a frustrating end to the game for the Reds, but the story surrounding Garrett’s one-pitch outing didn’t consist of just the base hit itself.
Javier Báez was the one who sent the Reds packing with the RBI single, a player with whom Garrett has had multiple run-ins in the past. Given their history, Báez walked to the plate already talking to Garrett, and after the hit, Báez took his time walking to first base while shouting a bit more in Garrett’s direction.
Garrett wasn’t made available to the media following the display but spoke on the field prior to Tuesday’s game, explaining why he didn’t react to Báez on the field on Monday.
“He got me. That's all there was,” he said. “He hit a nice little popup to center. It was a walk-off. Good for him. Right now, we're focused on winning ballgames. We're gonna play our best to keep them in fourth place. I understand that every little thing that gets them excited right now because they're in the trenches right now. We just got to come back today and beat them. That's the best revenge that we can get.”
Garrett was suspended for five games by MLB for an incident with Báez on May 1, when Báez took issue with Garrett celebrating a strikeout of Anthony Rizzo and jumped the railing to confront him. Both benches cleared, and Garrett was levied what was initially a seven-game suspension for his role in the situation.