Before Mike Carp of the Red Sox hit his big grand slam Wednesday that defeated the Tampa Rays and reduced their lead over the Yankees to just one game for the second wild card, he spent some time with our colleague Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston. Edes writes:
Red Sox first baseman Mike Carp knew all about the hoo-ha that erupted Monday night in Baltimore, after the Yankees accused Orioles third-base coach Bobby Dickerson of stealing signs, leading to a heated confrontation between Baltimore manager Buck Showalter and New York manager Joe Girardi.
"They did the same thing to me the day before," said Carp, who played first base for the Sox on Sunday afternoon in the Bronx, where the Sox lost 4-3 to the Yankees.
Carp could be seen barking back and forth with the Yankees' dugout early in the game, and he said Wednesday that they were accusing him of stealing signs.
"Pretty much their whole dugout," Carp said when asked who was making the accusation. "But it was their pitching coach [Larry Rothschild], I think, who came to the top step."
Carp laughed at the suggestion that he was guilty as charged.
"I'm not even an every-day player," he said. "I wasn't stealing signs. I couldn't take that from them."
Meanwhile, former Oriole Cal Ripken has chimed in on Girardi's accusations and came down on Baltimore's side.
“So it is a little ridiculous," said Ripken on his Sirius/XM's "Ripken Baseball" show. "It’s almost Little League-like that the first- and third-base coaches are actually in play. First of all, let’s analyze it. Are they giving location? Probably not unless the catcher is setting up really, really early. And does the hitter then peek at him at the end, because the catcher will move into that position? So, to me, location is unlikely. Sometimes the catcher spreads his legs too far and you can actually see the top of his hand or his signal-calling; maybe he is tipping those pitches and they want to try to communicate that to them. But it is very, very difficult and it’s highly unlikely, in my opinion, that the Orioles were doing it.”