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Martin’s feud with Diaz adds odd twist to big win

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 31, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees got a big win last night, a win they badly needed heading into today’s off day.

“It’s nice, 4-2 so far on this road trip sounds a lot better than 3-3,” Joe Girardi said. “It’s perspective. If you start off 0-3 and end up 3-3, you’re pretty happy, but starting out 3-0 and the way we lost Monday, it’s a nice win.”

It’s a win that changes the way this team looks heading into a weekend series in Detroit. But in a long season, big wins come and go and often blend together, it’s the odd moments that truly stand out. That’s why, even after last night’s win, people are still talking about Russell Martin’s bizarre run in with Laz Diaz.

“Laz actually hurt my feelings,” Martin said. “The umpire wouldn’t let me throw the ball back to the pitcher. That’s never happened to me before. That’s a good story, right?”

It’s a strange story, that’s for sure. Martin said he and Diaz got into it a little bit early in the game, and from that moment on — even after Martin took a ball to the neck — Diaz wouldn’t let Martin throw new balls back to the pitcher.

“I even told him, because there’s guys on base, I like to keep my arm loose,” Martin said. “Nope. (He said), ‘I’m not letting you throw the ball back.’ That’s pretty strange, to me. … He told me I have to earn the privilege. Now, thinking back, I should have shown him the gold Rawlings sign on my glove. Unbelievable.”

Equally unbelievable: Martin brought it up. I honestly didn’t notice it during the game — how often do you pay attention to whether the umpire or the catcher is throwing a fresh ball back to the mound? — and I don’t think any reporter would have asked about it had Martin not brought it up. He even went so far as to use a dirty word to describe Diaz, then said Diaz hold grudges. All of this could easily get Martin fined, but he seemed to not care in the slightest.

It was odd, and even after a game like last night, you always remember the odd things in this game.

“That was strange,” Martin said. “I was kinda mystified.”

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34 Responses to “Martin’s feud with Diaz adds odd twist to big win”

  1. Benny Blanco May 31st, 2012 at 9:02 am

    4-2? I’ll take it! If we finish 5-4 on the 9 game road trip you shut up and get the hell out of dodge.

  2. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 9:04 am

    He’ll get a fine alright. I’m not worried about the pitchers getting squeezed. They don’t get the calls from umpires with floating strike zones like Diaz anyway.

  3. Tackelberry May 31st, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Nice bounce back outing for Cory Wade last night after serving up the game winner to Trumbo the other night. Soriano sure makes thing exciting, but he gets the job done. All in all a big win

  4. Tackelberry May 31st, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Ibanez continues to sting the ball making Cashman’s decision to pick him over Damon and Matsui a very smart one. Thats for all you Cashman bashers out there. ZING!

  5. LGY May 31st, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Interesting article from Sherman I posted in the last thread

    http://m.nypost.com/p/sports/m.....M3r8UjgpcP

  6. jackamir May 31st, 2012 at 9:15 am

    If you look at last nights game posts I mentioned there was something weird about Diaz’s throwing. He is always rated in the lower half of umpires..

  7. Tackelberry May 31st, 2012 at 9:24 am

    The fact that CB Buckner still has a job tells you that umps are made of teflon

  8. LGY May 31st, 2012 at 9:26 am

    As bad as MLB umpires can be just been glad they aren’t NBA refs.

    Celtics got hosed last night.

  9. The Genius Maker May 31st, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Montero has his OPS up to .729 now! Of course he does well in blow outs…
    The odd thing is that he was able to hit like that as a DH, how is that possible, I thought he was only good one he tried to play catcher?

    Dripping with sarcasm

  10. Bret The Hitman May 31st, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Yeah? Well Melky Cabrera is the best hitter in baseball. He’s the best player in major league history.

  11. hardwired7 May 31st, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Laz Diaz…maximum trolling.

  12. Wang IS Taiwan May 31st, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Wow. Melky lost a lot of weight. He was one pudgy dude before.

  13. Wang IS Taiwan May 31st, 2012 at 9:34 am

    As bad as MLB umpires can be just been glad they aren’t NBA refs.

    ~~~~~~~~~

    Agreed. NBA refs are the worst.

  14. Bret The Hitman May 31st, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Hit Machine Melky Cabrera a “World Class” player.

    http://content.usatoday.com/co.....cord-may/1

  15. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 31st, 2012 at 9:45 am

    “What is it about the Yankees and borderline pitchers that make them suck only in pinstripes?”

    I’ve never thought of AJ as a borderline pitcher. But there’s something about the Bronx and certain personality types that just don’t mix well. We all know that.

    With AJ, it was never for lack of trying!

    “Who’d have thought with all the troubles the Yankees have had in the first 2 months that they’d be where they are?????”

    Pat M and I?

    :D

  16. Bret The Hitman May 31st, 2012 at 9:47 am

    “Cabrera’s exploits – he leads the majors in hits, multi-hit games and triples (tied) – have led Bochy to say he reminds him of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, and Giants fans to adopt him as a cult hero.”

  17. Bret The Hitman May 31st, 2012 at 9:48 am

    “Cabrera’s 279 hits since the beginning of 2011 are tops in the majors, and he’s currently sporting a robust .967 OPS.”

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 31st, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I tend to get very excited when someone/something has been highly criticized and then shows itself to be the real deal. And so I want to shout it from the rooftops, especially if it’s something I have believed in. (I know, what don’t I belive in.)

    But with Soriano, it’s a special case because there are few here who have trusted in him. There are some, for sure. But more, I think, were skeptical either because of the terms of the contract or because he just didn’t think he had the goods.

    I’ve been blown away by him since he pitched for the Rays. I would always say I wish we could get him, but I never thought it would happen. I’ve been ecstatic every since and have really believed in him through thick and thin.

    It’s ironic that this is the season that he would come back and say that he had finally gotten to a place where he was comfortable with knowing he was going to do what he had to to help the Yankees, no matter what the role. I think it was obvious that he wasn’t totally comfortable last season. I’m happy for him that he is in the closer role, because I think that’s where his real comfort level is. And 6 out of 6 ain’t bad.

    I think he has amazing control. He isn’t Mariano, but who is. His stuff is tricky and also filthy.

    Okay, that’s all I have time to say, lucky for all of you.

    I love the guy and am so happy we have him.

    Later y’all.

    ONWARD AND UPWARD!

  19. Tackelberry May 31st, 2012 at 9:55 am

    trisha

    You are one of ym favorite fellow posters on here cause you are a voice of reason and not one of the constnat Montero whiners on here

  20. Hassey May 31st, 2012 at 9:56 am

    What is this, the NYC Board of Ed? Can’t Selig and his lawyers find a reason to get rid of Diaz after all these years of complaints and low grades?

  21. Bo knows May 31st, 2012 at 9:57 am

    You are one of ym favorite fellow posters on here cause you are a voice of reason and not one of the constnat Montero whiners on here

    ———————-

    Now be honest – It’s the restrained cartwheels and the ponytail. And cute.

  22. DONNYBROOK May 31st, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Gotta be concerned with the over-use of the same guys outta the Pen. The failure of Nova, Hughes, and Kuroda to go deep into games, is gonna catch-up to the Yanks. Logan and Wade look to be prime candidates, and Logan seems to be wearing down already. I guess the Girardi Rest Program ends with the offense.
    Rusty Martin shoulda let a few fast balls through, in order to let Diaz know whose the Boss. I agree with Buckner being the absolute Worst MLB Umpire. That guy wins inna walk.

  23. jacksquat May 31st, 2012 at 10:10 am

    If I were Martin I would have had the pitcher simply throw the ball back to me and then throw it back to the pitcher every time the ump threw it out to the pitcher. :twisted:

  24. DONNYBROOK May 31st, 2012 at 10:12 am

    That would be, “making a travesty of the game”, and get both Catcher and Chucker ejected. Inna laugher, I could see it. Last night, against the whinning Scioscia and the Angels. NOPE.

  25. Tackelberry May 31st, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Bo knows May 31st, 2012 at 9:57 am
    You are one of ym favorite fellow posters on here cause you are a voice of reason and not one of the constnat Montero whiners on here

    ———————-

    Now be honest – It’s the restrained cartwheels and the ponytail. And cute.

    ______________________________________

    I’m sure she is but it is her voice of reason and knowledgeable posts that I enjoy. A breath of fresh air from so many others on here that either whine over the loss of Montero or bash Cashman 24/7

  26. Hassey May 31st, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Trish is my favorite poster here because she knows her way around a pair of briefs

  27. DONNYBROOK May 31st, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Texas signing Oswalt is good news for the Yanks. Basically, the Rangers just off-set the Yankee Blunder of signing Kuroda. Less $$$, but same on-field results. Throw in the Arlington factor, and you gotta match and dynamite.

  28. Bo knows May 31st, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Trish is my favorite poster here because she knows her way around a pair of briefs

    ————————
    Less legalese on here please. This is baseball.

  29. blake May 31st, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Diaz was horrendous last night…..I love umpires that think they matter and try to be important.

  30. ac1 May 31st, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Another example of the umps being held to no standard…

  31. jacksquat May 31st, 2012 at 11:22 am

    DONNYBROOK May 31st, 2012 at 10:12 am
    That would be, “making a travesty of the game”, and get both Catcher and Chucker ejected. Inna laugher, I could see it. Last night, against the whinning Scioscia and the Angels. NOPE.

    I’m pretty sure there is no “making a travesty of the game” rule. :) Maybe “delay of game”. But I would do it at least once to make a point.

  32. jacksquat May 31st, 2012 at 11:24 am

    btw, I’m pretty sure my flippant suggestion would cause less of a ruckus than your idea of letting a fastball fly by right into the ump’s face.

  33. DONNYBROOK May 31st, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Players have been ejected for “making a travesty of the game”. I believe Piersall was ejected for that, after running the bases backwards after hitting a HR.

  34. DONNYBROOK May 31st, 2012 at 11:31 am

    If you do Not believe catchers have allowed balls to pass them by, in order to drill an Ump, (I never said face), your extremely naive.


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