Joe Girardi got angry with the media tonight when he was asked about A.J. Burnett’s angry exit from the mound.
Camera’s caught Burnett cursing after he was removed from the game, but both Burnett and Girardi said it was a reaction to Russell Martin who’d just told Burnett that ball four to Joe Mauer should have been a strike. Burnett said he was angry at the umpire, not at Girardi. Burnett went so far as to say he’d never show up Girardi because Girardi has been too supportive the past two years.
As for Girardi following Burnett into the clubhouse — also shown on television — Girardi said he was actually going into the video room to get a second look at the pitch. He and Burnett never saw one another until they came back into the dugout.
Girardi was mad at the media who, he said, were looking for excuses to depict animosity between the manager and his pitcher. Both Girardi and Burnett said no such animosity exists.
I’ll have audio later.