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Alleged ice-cream-sandwich-ordering Mariners scout says everyone’s got the story all wrong

Aug 29, 2014, 1:53 PM EDT

Ice Cream Sandwich

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times contacted the Mariners scout who is alleged to have taunted Jesus Montero and have sent him an ice cream sandwich. Which Montero then allegedly threw at him while allegedly taking a bat in his general direction in the stands.

“Allegedly.” “Allegedly.” Say the word enough times and it loses all meaning!

Anyway, the scout’s name is Butch Baccala, and he’s the Mariners’ national crosschecker. He tells Baker that the reports of the incident are wrong, but that he can’t go into detail about them until he has had a chance to tell his story to Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik. He says, however, that he loves his job and that he’d never do something like that to risk it.

This is fun, though:

Baccala at first denied the ice-cream sandwich story, then said he couldn’t comment on it one way or the other. He suggested a reporter check whether they even sell ice-cream sandwiches at Memorial Stadium in Boise, where the game was played.

Todd Rahr, president and general manager of the Boise Hawks, who oversees operations at the stadium, confirmed that ice cream sandwiches are sold there during games.

I hope this doesn’t morph into a story about taunting, bullying, anger issues, alcohol or anything else that may touch on real life issues. I desperately want this to turn into a story that focuses, primarily, on the forensic investigation of ice cream sandwiches. There has been nothing but bad news in the world lately, it seems. We need some good old fashioned late summer nonsense to get us through.

  1. jacobknicks - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Bobby Bacala taunting someone about their weight is a bit much

    • someguyinva - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      Was Bobby “Before” or “Way Before” in the fat joke that Paulie Walnuts told?

  2. sdelmonte - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Hey, who is it that used to call people Chipwiches here?

    • Alex K - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      BC. He has been gone for a few years.

  3. brewcrewfan54 - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    If someone bought me an ice cream sandwich I’d hug them not chase them with a bat. Ice cream sanwiches are goddam delicious!

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      This right here is the voice of reason.

  4. jkcalhoun - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    good old fashioned late summer nonsense

    Good Humor?

  5. kellyann333 - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    I agree! I want an investigation into the trajectory of the ice cream sandwich, and a conspiracy theory centering on the possibility of a second thrower.

    • baberuthslegs - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      and the “frosty knoll”

  6. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    “But you see sir, this man clearly has chocolate on his face.”
    “So, what does that matter?”

    “They only sell VANILLA at the stadium!”

    Dun dum daaaa

  7. jxegh - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Did I read ice “clear cream” here? MLB better get involved….

  8. doctorofsmuganomics - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    I don’t know, I might take a bat to somebody if they *didn’t* send me ice cream sandwiches, so I don’t see why Jesus was so mad

    • brewcrewfan54 - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Violent but reasonable. I like it.

  9. slartibartfast4242 - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Maybe Montero actually wanted a Klondike bar. Given what you would do for a Klondike bar, it is understandable his anger at being sent an inferior ice cream sandwich.

    • deepstblu - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Klondike makes Oreo ice cream sandwiches. They are even better than Klondike bars.

  10. toodrunktotastethischicken - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Ice cream sandwiches WERE harmed during the making of this story.

  11. dondada10 - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    This guy’s getting fired.

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      On the serious side, I think you’re right. The way he’s trying to do damage control by figuring out what the press can and cannot confirm is obvious.

    • sethcohenplayedsomeball - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      Would Everett have won if Montero had gotten, you know, last licks?

  12. psuorioles - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Wait… so there are 2 sides to every story?

    • brewcrewfan54 - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      Only if the first side isn’t to your liking.

  13. beefytrout - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Can you have food sent to a dugout?

    • ptfu - Aug 29, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Somewhere, Babe Ruth is smiling.

    • sethcohenplayedsomeball - Aug 29, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      My teammates once ordered a pizza delivery to our bullpen(stadium bullpen had street level area access and was somewhat obscured from direct view of coaching staff haha). We did not, for the record, order chicken and beer; )

  14. thisdamnbox - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Another fantastic Mariner trade brought to you by The Letter Z…

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