Rays Maddon, Joyce upset at Lackey for 'bush-league' move
Rays manager Joe Maddon was quite upset with Red Sox pitcher John Lackey for hitting Matt Joyce with a pitch in the sixth saying he actions were "inappropriate" and he was "a bad teammate."
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Joyce went further, saying it was "pretty bush league move" by Lackey and "very obvious" that it was intentional.
Joyce had homered in the first and in his next at-bat took a big cut at a 3-0 pitch, and a long look at his foul ball, dropping his bat. Both benches emptied after Lackey hit Joyce, though there was no escalation.
Some of Maddon's comments:
"It all started because Matt hit a home run in the first inning and apparently Lackey did not like the fact that he swung at a 3-0 pitch and almost hit another home run. So he intentionally hit him when he did, there's no question in my mind that he did, and the sad part is that I've always considered Lackey a good teammate, but right there he can get one of his own players hurt.
"I really did sense among the group of Red Sox that they were totally not into that moment because they knew it was inappropriate to hit Matt on purpose, and furthermore because one of them can get hurt. So that's being a bad teammate as far as I'm concerned. In the past, he was always a good teammate. That was really a bad moment for him tonight."
And as far as Lackey being upset at Joyce for swinging 3-0? "I found that rather amusing and I am upset because I've always considered him a friend and I still want to consider him a friend, but when it comes to baseball and us playing them, that was a really inappropriate gesture on his part. … He could have been ejected immediately."
Joyce said he was told Lackey was most upset that he dropped his bat after the foul ball, as if he thought it was a home run.
"I don't know if he was so upset that I swung 3-0. It was more so the bat drop after I hit it," Joyce said. "For me, I never really feel like I show anybody up. I never try to pimp anything or anything like that. I felt like I got a really good pitch to hit and missed it and was upset. But to hit somebody for that, I think that's absolutely ridiculous."
Lackey said it was not on purpose, that he was "trying to come in there get him off the plate."
Boston manager John Farrell agreed.