The Orioles' Dave Trembley gets philosophical
Orioles Manager Dave Trembley's pregame media session last night began in ordinary fashion. He was asked the usual questions about his team's struggles and what it needs to do to improve. He was asked about injuries, about the pitching staff and how players are keeping their focus in the midst of a disappointing first 40 games.
Then the subject turned to Florida Marlins Manager Fredi Gonzalez and his star shortstop, Hanley Ramirez. The two have made headlines recently for a dispute stemming from Ramirez getting pulled from Monday's game for a lackluster attempt chasing down a bloop single against the New York Mets.
Ramirez did foul a ball off his ankle earlier in the game, and the all-star indicated that may have affected his ability to get to the ball, which he kicked as he jogged after it. Ramirez did not speak with reporters on Monday night, but the next day, he had plenty to say.
"It's his team. He does whatever he [expletive] wants," Ramirez said, according to the Palm Beach Post, when asked about Gonzalez's decision to pull him. "There's nothing I can do about it. It's brutal."
Ramirez also told reporters when asked about his injured ankle: "That's okay. [Gonzalez] doesn't understand that. He never played in the big leagues."
Gonzalez responded by benching Ramirez last night against Arizona, and the growing rift between them has been the talk of the league. Trembley had plenty to say on the subject and came to the defense of Gonzalez, whom he called a friend.
"I think sometimes people say things that maybe they should take a deep breath and maybe think about before they say it," Trembley said last night before the Orioles beat the Kansas City Royals, 4-3, at Camden Yards. "Fredi Gonzalez is a tremendous, tremendous baseball man. Your stripes are not earned in any other way than the respect you get from the amount of time, energy and effort you put into this game.
"I think it's unfortunate that kind of stuff gets put out there, put in headlines, because most guys that I know that do what I do, as I've tried to do in the last month here, six weeks, whatever it is, try to take the high road and don't call out players.
"I find it rather interesting that when someone does something that's not very responsible, that instead of taking responsibility for their own actions, they call out maybe some of the biographical things of someone else. To me that's rather cheap, and hey, that's just the way society is these days. Like I said, it's a very passionate game, and things are said, and that's why I try to have a 24-hour thing. Go home and think about it, and if you have a problem the next day, come in and let's talk about it."
Trembley also was quite entertaining when asked if there indeed is a rivalry between Baltimore and Washington. The teams play a three
two-game series beginning on Friday. Check out Nationals Journal later in the week for more on that.
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