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Don Mattingly and Andre Ethier downplay “heated dugout argument”

Jun 2, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

Don Mattingly and Andre Ethier Dodgers AP

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and outfielder Andre Ethier got into what Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times described as “a heated dugout argument” during Saturday’s game, but a day later both parties downplayed the incident.

Here’s the manager:

The greatest thing is when you have guys like Andre, he can voice his opinion, I can voice mine and the next day we’re both adults and talking and no problems. It’s really, in a sense, family. You’re able to argue at home back and forth but at the end of the day, you love your kids. To me, I look at it like that–just family. You discuss something or it gets a little heated at that moment, at the end of the day we’re family.

And to prove that point, Dilbeck noted that Mattingly and Ethier “were in the team gym riding exercise bikes next to each other” Sunday morning, as if nothing happened.

The whole thing stemmed from Ethier not wanting to be removed from a 12-2 game, so (assuming that’s the full story) it was hardly a huge deal to begin with, but on-camera drama is always interesting.

  1. The Common Man - Jun 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    I blame Puig.

  2. musketmaniac - Jun 2, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    buccos take three out of four. and they argue on the one day they win. 12-2 wtf were they arguing about.

    • mkprz - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      I think they were arguing over their contracts being too high and how their fans cant watch the games on TV.
      Yeah, that must have been it.
      At least that’s what I heard.
      I don’t have Time Warner, so it’s impossible for me to know.

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