Benches Clear as Victor Martinez and Grant Balfour Exchange F-Bombs

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 07:  Grant Balfour
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Kenny DorsetDirector of Social MediaOctober 7, 2013

The benches cleared during the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 3 of the American League Divisional Series between the Oakland A's and Detroit Tigers as closer Grant Balfour and designated hitter Victor Martinez exchanged F-bombs and nearly came to blows. 

Here's what Balfour told's Jane Lee about how it went down:

Balfour: "He gave me the death stare. I said, if you have a problem, come on out. And he came out."

— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) October 7, 2013

And here's what Martinez had to say about it:

VMart: "He said, 'What the (bleep) are you looking at?' I don't take that (bleep). I'm not a rookie.” #Tigers

— Matthew B. Mowery (@matthewbmowery) October 7, 2013

Balfour would go on to get the final three outs to give Oakland the 6-3 win and a 2-1 series lead. 


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