Padres’ Tom Garfinkel apologizes for remarks about Zack Greinke
San Diego Padres president and CEO Tom Garfinkel is embraced by the world of text messages, tweets, Facebook and smartphone recordings. Dodgers pitcher Zach Grinker apologized.
Garfunkel accuses Dodgers right-hander of hitting Quentin on purpose in meeting with season ticket holders at Petco Park the day after Grinker-Carlos Quentin brawl in San Diego Grinker fractured his collarbone because of his decision to lower his shoulders to protect himself, and seemed to mock Grinker’s social anxiety disorder by suggesting he had autism.
Garfunkel, who asked the crowd to keep his comments private, said: “We’re on a tree of trust here, in a nest.” But it was recorded, and Yahoo Sports obtained a tape.
“He threw it at him on purpose, okay?” Garfunkel said at a gathering of an estimated 40 to 50 people. They can say 3 and 2 count, 2-1 game, no one does that. Zack Greinke is a different person. Has anyone seen “Rain Man”? He is a very smart man. “
Garfinkel also questioned Greinke’s decision to take on Quentin’s charge by lowering his left shoulder (not throwing), although he offered no advice on how Greinke should handle Quentin’s pressure at 240 pounds.
Instead, Garfunkel noted the history between pitchers and hitters: “When Zach Grinker threw to his head a few times, [Quentin] Let teammates and middlemen and others know that if he does it again he’s going to have problems…so Zach knows that very well and Zach never apologized and never told him, ‘Hey, I didn’t mean it throw at you. …he knows exactly what’s going on [to happen]. “
Quentin has said that Glink cursed him before rushing to the mound. But Garfunkel said: “I asked Carlos. He didn’t know what he said … everyone saw what happened. He didn’t say, ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to hit you. “He threw his glove down and stuck his chest out.”
Asked by Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, Garfunkel said he was “emotional” the day after the game, adding: “I’m inappropriate and I apologize.”
The Dodgers rested Thursday and could not be reached for Glink. Dodgers president and CEO Stan Carsten had no comment.
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