Well, they didn’t throw punches but Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla got into a nasty fight before today’s game and it all centered around Hanley’s hamstring.
From the Sun-Sentinel:
“A couple of the guys did like this when I came out,” said Ramirez, throwing his arms up in the air. “I’m not happy with the team.”
Overhearing Ramirez, Uggla chimed in: “I was one of them.”
Addressing the reporter, Ramirez answered: “You got it. Showed me up.”
From that point, Ramirez and Uggla continued exchanging barbs. The altercation never escalated beyond the verbal back-and-forth, but they were shouting by the time manager Fredi Gonzalez emerged and politely asked the three reporters present to vacate the clubhouse about three minutes after the argument began.
On one hand, if a couple of the guys questioned Hanley, you have to wonder if there’s more to it. Remember, Hanley has been called out before for not hustling. On the other hand, you don’t show off a teammate like that and it didn’t seem like anyone complained 14 at-bats ago when Hanley was still hitting.
Perhaps we’re just seeing frustrations from the recent losses and rapidly declining playoff chances. Today’s effort will tell us whether the team is about to give up or can use this as catalyst to turn things around.