Ron Gardenhire takes issue with Yan Gomes, Terry Francona isn't apologizing
JUL 04, 2013 12:52p ET
Ron Gardenhire is not happy with Yan Gomes for a play that resulted in a sprained ankle for his starting catcher. Terry Francona isn't apologizing.
Stories have surfaced from various Indians beat writers that the Twins manager spoke out on his radio show, which airs on 1500 ESPN, about last week's home plate 'collision' between Doumit and Gomes. His comments suggest that he might be planning retaliation against Gomes, who he feels was unfairly blocking the plate.
While there didn't appear to be much of a 'collision', Gardenhire claims Gomes didn't have the ball when he blocked home plate and tripped Doumit, resulting in a sprained ankle.
According to a Cleveland.com story posted by Paul Hoynes Thursday morning, Indians skipper Terry Francona is defending Gomes and feels there was no wrong-doing.
"I've known Gardie for forever and I love and respect him," said Francona. "Because of that I went back and looked at the play maybe 15 or 20 times. If one of our guys ever does something out of line ... I would have to apologize."
"To be quite frank, I didn't see that," said Francona. "I looked at it from every angle and Gomer never blocked the plate. The throw took him from one side of the plate to the other and he still never blocked the plate. There was no contact."
Hoynes' story, along with Sheldon Ocker's recap of the incident, both suggest Gardenhire plans future retaliation against the Indians.
The two teams will meet again on July 19, the first game back from the All-Star Break.
Will cooler heads prevail and allow a fresh start for these teams in the second half? Or will Gardy order a hit that could begin a very interesting AL Central rivalry?
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