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Oliver Perez’s uniform a point of contention in Friday’s game against the Phillies

Apr 26, 2014, 10:20 AM EDT

Oliver Perez, Mike Harkey AP

Clutching to a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth inning on Friday night against the Phillies, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson brought in lefty Oliver Perez as the Phillies were leading off with two lefties of their own in Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. Perez retired Utley on a weak fly ball to shallow left-center. Before Howard could settle into the batter’s box, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg strode towards home plate umpire Mark Wegner to start a conversation. As Steve Berthiaume noted on the D-Backs’ TV broadcast, the conversation was about the slits in Perez’s undershirt, which may have been a distraction.

The umpires then grouped up and conferred. Wegner approached Perez on the mound and informed him that he would have to change or remove the undershirt before he could continue pitching. Annoyed, Perez stomped off of the field and yanked his button-up uniform over his head before heading into the dugout to meet the dress code.

Perez came back out and threw a warm-up pitch with the fire of a thousand angry gods, it appeared, before resuming play against Howard. If Sandberg’s concern was a tactical ploy, it worked, because Howard singled off of Perez, prompting Gibson to bring in the right-handed Brad Ziegler to face Marlon Byrd. Byrd singled to put runners on first and second, but Ziegler induced both Domonic Brown and Carlos Ruiz into grounding out to end the threat. The D-Backs would go on to win 5-4.

The whole incident involving Perez was fascinating. You can watch it below:

  1. vallewho - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Ryne Sandberg…always over rated and soon to be universally hated.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      If you can’t separate in your own mind stupid people from their great accomplishments, you will have a very bitter time of things. Work on it.

      • recoveringcubsfan - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        Case in point: Mark Grace is my favorite baseball player even though he is also a turd of a human being.

      • ptfu - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        It works in reverse too: stupid accomplishments can come from great people. Bob Uecker was a poor ballplayer (just ask him!) but a fantastic announcer/actor/personality.

  2. Detroit Michael - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Shame on Perez for not handling it better. It did make the video rather amusing!

  3. greej1938l - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Baseball is so dumb

  4. phillysports1 - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Oliver Perez was so mad !!!!

  5. cohnjusack - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:57 AM

  6. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Sandberg wasn’t overrated. The Hall of Fame doesn’t think he’s overrated either. That’s why they voted him in. As a manager, he’s a tough guy who doesn’t take any crap & wants to see the game played the right way. I like that. I’m so sick of seeing players nowadays with their hats tilted to the side, pants so long & baggy that they cover their shoes down to the spike on their heel, ect… Cutting your sleeves is no different. Wear you uniform the right way & respect the game. If you have to cut your sleeves because the shirt tightens up while you pitch then don’t wear that frickin’ shirt. I enjoyed watching Sandberg the player & think he’s making an excellent manager.

    • undeadjesus - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      you forgot to add “GET OFF MY LAWN”

  7. chaseutley - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Oliver Perez is the Bill Belichick of baseball.

  8. dan46778 - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Surpise he did not hit Howard with the next pitch

  9. titansbro - Apr 26, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Baseball players are such pu**ies. What is this? Golf? Screw the shirt, worry about the baseball.

  10. titansbro - Apr 26, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Bush league by Sandberg. Hope his pitchers unis are always 100% in accordance with the dress code.

  11. sandpiperair - Apr 26, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Same thing happened to Pedro years ago. He hated tight fitting sleeves, so he used to cut them along the seams, which left them flapping as he pitched. When an opposing team complained, like what happened here with Perez, he had an extra piece of fabric sewn in to the sleeves to make them baggier.

    Or, at least, that’s what I’ve heard. The whole thing could be urban legend.

  12. anxovies - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    This is why I love baseball. From the early days pitchers have tried to use torn or oversize sleeves as a distraction and batters and managers have complained. Like foreign substances on the baseball, there is a rule against it but pitchers try it anyway and often get away with it for a while. You don’t get this level of gamesmanship in the other major sports. The closest situation I can think of in another sport is when Belichick had the guy with the little tractor come out and clear the snow for the field goal kicker in the game against the Raiders.

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