Angel Pagan and Derek Norris Exchange Gum and Words

Katie Richcreek@BookstoreKatieFeatured ColumnistApril 10, 2015

The San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan blows a bubble with bubble gum after arriving safely to first during the third inning against the San Diego Padres Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Gregory Bull/Associated Press

The San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres were in the ninth inning of what would end up being a 12-inning game Thursday when Angel Pagan and Derek Norris got into a tiff over some tossed gum.

Yes, gum.

Pagan appears to have flicked the chewed gum from inside the batter's box back toward Norris, sparking a brief altercation:

While it's unclear what words were exchanged, there was plenty said later on.

According to U-T San Diego beat writer Dennis Lin, Norris was not the slightest bit amused by the incident (NSFW language):

Derek Norris on Angel Pagan: "He was just being kind of a dickhead, and I don’t take kindly to that."

— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) April 10, 2015

Pagan, on the other hand, didn't think the tossed gum was worth hurt feelings, per San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Henry Schulman:

Pagan said Norris was mad because Pagan flipped a piece of gum underneath him. Pagan said he was trying to toss it away and stuck to glove

— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) April 10, 2015

Pagan said Norris had no right to be angry. #sfgiants

— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) April 10, 2015

This was just the first of 19 games the teams will play this year, and it's safe to say the season series is off to a sticky start.


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