When Amir Garrett is doing well, the Reds' reliever likes to let his opponents know with a lot of animated talk. The Cubs have known this for a while and, well, they don’t really like that.
In the eighth inning of a 3-2 Cubs win at Great American Ball Park, Garrett and the Chicago dugout got into a verbal altercation that resulted in the benches clearing.
The lefty Garrett was brought in to face the left-handed-hitting Anthony Rizzo with one out and struck him out swinging on a slider.
Garrett started yelling and pounding his chest, and Rizzo shot him a look as he returned to the Cubs' dugout. At that point, Javier Báez started yelling from the top step at Garrett, before leaping the railing and verbally challenging the pitcher.
Both benches cleared.
“He’s got a style. We all get that,” Báez said. “But I’m just not going let him or anyone disrespect my teammates or my team. It was not a big situation, you know? I’m going to try to stay professional with this, but … it doesn’t matter who does it in the game -- if someone else does it again, we’ll go out there again.”
As players spilled out on to the field from the dugouts and bullpens, Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson headed off Garrett and a few players got in front of Báez -- including Reds third baseman Mike Moustakas.