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BALTIMORE -- Joe Girardi still won't admit that he blew a gasket in the first inning last night because he thought Orioles third base coach Bobby Dickerson was stealing signs, but he did at least acknowledge that such things go on in major league baseball.
“As I talked about last night, I’m going to do everything I can to protect our players," Girardi said. "I’m just going to leave it at that. I’m not going to go into exactly what happened.”
Girardi has yet to say exactly what he was protecting his players from, but he did acknowledge that sign stealing is widespread, and to some extent, accepted as fair game in major league baseball.
"It’s been going on for years," he said. "It went on when I played, and I’m sure it went on way before that. And because you play so much now and you see teams so much now, they’re very familiar with what you do so you have to be creative and you have to protect things.”
But when he was pressed on what line was crossed Monday night that caused him to sprint the length of the dugout and begin shouting at Dickerson, Girardi clammed up again. According to Dickerson, Girardi said to him, "I know what you're doing."
“You guys can try all you want," Girardi said. "I’ve told you what I’m going to tell you.”
GM Brian Cashman, who watched the dustup from a seat behind home plate, seemed unimpressed by the ruckus or the charges being thrown around by both sides.
"It really wasn't much," he said. "I was here when Buck and [Tony] LaRussa went at it. That was a lot more severe. This was just Buck trying to get at Joe so it wasn't the same. Our job is to make sure teams aren’t doing that, and that’s all Joe was doing. It’s part of the game. How everybody reacts to each other is different on a daily basis, and we’re in a pennant race so, there’s always a lot more to it than just what you saw here."
Girardi said he did not expect the incident to spill over into tonight's game.
"It’s a new day," he said. "That’s the thing about our game is you’ve got to be able to turn the page whether it’s players, managers, coaches, whatever happens. Because the new day comes up, and you just move on.”
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