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Dusty Baker wishes Johnny Cueto and Matt Garza could fight

May 27, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

Dusty Baker Reuters

Matt Garza had a whole bunch of bad stuff to say about Johnny Cueto after the Reds right-hander threw a pitch that sailed above Cubs center fielder David DeJesus‘ head yesterday.

Among other things, Garza said that Cueto should “grow the hell up” and added that “if he has something to say about it, he knows where to find my locker and definitely I’ll find his.”

Reds manager Dusty Baker responded to Garza’s comments today, telling Mark Sheldon of

You got something to say, you go over there and tell him. Johnny ain’t running. Know what I mean? A guy can say what he wants to say, but it’s better if you go over and say it to his face.

I just wish, just put them in a room, let them box and let it be over with, know what I mean? I always said this. Let it be like hockey. Let them fight, somebody hits the ground and then it’ll be over with. I’m serious about that. I come from a different school. Guys didn’t talk as much. You just did it.

So, just to recap: Cueto threw a pitch that sailed over DeJesus’ head. Garza called out Cueto in the media. And then Baker suggested the two pitchers go into a room alone and fight until “somebody hits the ground.”

137 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. creek0512 - May 27, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Be careful Garza, Cueto will cleat you in the back ending your career and only receive a one-game suspension for it.

    • sabatimus - May 28, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      Nah, Garza would go on the DL the moment Cueto got halfway to the clubhouse.

  2. creek0512 - May 27, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Dusty Baker is perfect for the Reds. He and the Reds fans both share the little brother, inferiority complex.

    • jimeejohnson - May 27, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      Dr. Ruth?

      • historiophiliac - May 27, 2013 at 9:59 PM

        Dr. Laura

  3. bolweevils2 - May 27, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    In other words, Dusty Baker is still a dope.

  4. jimeejohnson - May 27, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I want all James Bonds to duke it out.

  5. sdeberg - May 27, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    This is baseball, not hockey, for God’s sake. Shut the F up, Dusty Baker. For that matter, stop running at the mouth, Matt Garza. For a non-contact sport, this is idiotic. Shut up and play ball.

  6. johnnyb1976 - May 27, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Old gator needs to stick to his stories about how bad the feesh are and stop talking about players and situations he has no clue about.

  7. ningenito78 - May 28, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Love it. Institute the rule tomorrow. I would enjoy nothing more than watching baseball players kick the shit out of each other every game.

    • sabatimus - May 28, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      The NHL playoffs are still on.

  8. jm91rs - May 28, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    So just to re-hash the comments….
    JungleRat is embarrassing fellow Cincy fans, and either he has multiple screen names or he’s brought a few out of hiding to support his Gator hunting. He clearly doesn’t frequent the boards often or he wouldn’t have bothered engaging Gator in a discussion of Cueto, and he certainly would have known Gator is huge fan / hater of the Miami Marlins. Then JungleRat went all 8th grade on gator talking about his mom.

    Gator took a little bit of a cheap shot at Cincy in general (hey man, we’re all a little scared of over-the-rhine, but it aint your job to make fun of it!), but really we all know by now that he’ll do anything to let us know how he feels about Cueto.

    Then Cards fans starting chiming in about how they have more rings than Reds fans. (Apparently the Cardinals give out rings to their fans now, pretty sweet)

    Reality is that Garza and Baker should shut the hell up, and that as far as I could tell Cueto didn’t do anything wrong (this time). I’m sure he could have drilled DeJesus in the back if he wanted to. If it was retaliation for Garza hitting Frazier, why not just actually hit DeJesus and get it over with? And if Garza believed it was retaliation, then isn’t he pretty much admitting he hit Frazier on purpose? I have a feeling if Garza had a better game he wouldn’t have said anything and then Gator and JungleRat could have done something else with their Memorial day instead of wasting hours engaging in a pissing match.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 28, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      Good post jm.

  9. natijim235 - May 30, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    cueto would kick garza’s assss

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