Rays manager Joe Maddon wasn’t happy. How unhappy was he?
As he did when he called out Boston manager Bobby Valentine for ordering Franklin Morales to hit Luke Scott with a pitch during the ninth inning of a game May 25 in Boston, Maddon took aim at Johnson.
“It’s kind of a common practice that people have done this for years,” Maddon said. "To point one guy out because he had pitched here a couple of years it’s probably common knowledge based on that.
“So I thought it was a real cowardly – and I’ve used that word twice this year – it was kind of a (wimpy) move to go out there and do that under those circumstances. I like the word (wimpy) right there.”
Maddon implied that most teams do the same thing:
“I promise you one thing – you’re going to see brand new gloves throughout the major leagues starting (Wednesday) with pitchers on every particular major league ball club, and furthermore, if you want a reaction to the entire event, I would go talk to the National players and see what they think,” Maddon said, indicating Washington players, particularly pitchers, would be upset that their possible secret to success was uncovered thanks to their boss.
We likely haven’t heard the end of this.