Apparently it's not only players who can cause benches to clear on the baseball diamond.
During Monday night's AL East battle between the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees, Buck Showalter had to be restrained after engaging in a shouting match with Joe Girardi.
The Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina provides a look at the altercation, which happened between innings:
Although the reason for the scuffle wasn't immediately known, the New York Post's Joel Sherman shares a couple of details about how it started:
Scouts in attendance tell me altercation began with #Orioles 3B coach Bobby Dickerson and Girardi yelling at each other, Buck took exception— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) September 9, 2013
WNST 1570 AM in Baltimore provides further insight on the possible cause:
Ryan: On the Yankee broadcast, Suzyn Waldman said Girardi accused 3B coach Bobby Dickerson of stealing signs, which ticked Showalter off.— WNST (@WNST) September 10, 2013
After Baltimore's 4-2 win, Showalter talked about the incident (via Brittany Ghiroli of Orioles.com):
Buck confirmed it was over accusation of sign stealing. Took exception to Dickerson being yelled at as well.— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) September 10, 2013
Nothing immediately noticeable happened in the first inning that would have caused hostility between the teams.
Alex Rodriguez hit a solo home run in the top of the first, and the Orioles tied things up when Adam Jones hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the inning to score Nick Markakis.
This was the first game of the four-game series, and the teams last played on Sept. 1. It's certainly understandable to see why tensions were high.
With less than a month to go in the regular season, Baltimore is currently just 1.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second AL wild-card spot, while New York sits three games back.