Friday, July 24, 2009

RaysSpeak: Maddon Insults Buerhle?

Was reading through ESPN's Buster Olney's blog today, and came across an article stating that Joe Maddon had some choice words for Mark Buerhle before the All-Star Game:

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon was having a blast at Mark Buehrle's expense last week.

As manager of the American League All-Star team, Maddon phoned Buehrle the day before the big game at Busch Stadium -- and the day after the White Sox lefty got lit up for eight runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings against the Minnesota Twins.

"Maddon called me and told me to stay at home because I pitched like crap," Buehrle recalled last week in St. Louis. "He asked if I was going to pitch in the Home Run Derby."

Guess who had the last laugh.

Has Joe Maddon ever been known to insult a player, let alone another team's? This is a guy who dealt with the horror show Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2007, when they had one of the worst bullpens in history, and still found a way to be positive after every game. A guy who is regularly quoted in blogs and articles because of his vernacular. Would he really tell Mark Buerhle that he "Pitched like crap?"

I have a very hard time believing this story.

Link: Perfect game answers jab by Rays' Maddon

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