Cincinnati Reds' Dusty Baker Really Wants Matt Garza and Johnny Cueto to Fight

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterMay 27, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 26:  Manager Dusty Baker #12 of the Cincinnati Reds speaks with members of the media before a game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Dusty Baker took time out of his busy schedule to try his hand at boxing promotion. 

ESPN reports the Cincinnati Reds manager offered a clever idea to end the spat between Matt Garza and Johnny Cueto: boxing. 

In Sunday's 10-inning loss to the Chicago Cubs, Cueto threw a pitch over David DeJesus' head in the sixth inning. The pitch drew the ire of Garza, who had this to say after the game:

If he wants to say something to me, he knows where my locker is. If he's got a problem, he can throw at me, and I'll do the same. Hopefully, he grows...up. I hope he hears this. I really don't care. I don't know if there's anything between him and [DeJesus], but I'll stop it. I don't think you intentionally try to injure somebody. I hope the league looks at it. I don't want him suspended or anything. I hope his players talk to him and show him the way it is.

Cueto would throw seven innings, allowing four hits and just one earned run in a game the Reds ultimately dropped, 5-4. After the game, Baker offered that his pitcher "couldn't have hit Wilt Chamberlain with that pitch."

He wasn't quite done giving his assessment of the situation, as he continued with an idea we don't see catching on in MLB locker rooms anytime soon:

Just put them in a room, let them box and let it be over with. I always said this, let it be like hockey, let them fight, someone hits the ground and it's over with. I'm serious about that.


Would he have been as upset if he got the win instead of potentially getting the loss. If you've got something to say, you go over and tell them. Johnny ain't running. That guy can say what he wants to say, but he can say it to his face.

The first rule of Dusty Baker's fight club seems to be actually talking about Dusty Baker's fight club.

It also appears to be gaining traction as an intriguing sport for one Cubs outfielder, because Alfonso Soriano is willing to take bets.

"I'll bet on Garza because he's on my team. I hope Dusty will want to bet with me. I bet a couple hundred on Garza," Soriano said.

You can go ahead and give up any hope that the two are about to meet in some undisclosed location. DeJesus squashed the ridiculous idea right away.

"That's not the way to do it either. That won't prove anything. It is what it is now, hopefully it's over with and let's just move on because it's not worth putting any more oil (gasoline) on the fire," DeJesus said.

Garza did indeed have a frustrating day in his second start of the season, giving up four hits and four walks in just four innings of work Sunday. Cueto, in just five games on the season, is 2-0 with a 2.76 ERA. 

Sadly, success on the mound doesn't necessarily translate to whatever backroom boxing ring Baker might have in mind. 


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