Zimmer, 3 players fined for brawl

Martinez, M. Ramirez, Garcia are reprimanded for conduct in Game 3

ALCS notebook

October 13, 2003|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

BOSTON - Three players and a coach were fined yesterday for their actions in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez and left fielder Manny Ramirez, and New York Yankees right fielder Karim Garcia and bench coach Don Zimmer were reprimanded for their conduct during the fourth inning.

Bob Watson, baseball's vice president in charge of discipline, made his ruling after reviewing tapes of the game and consulting with umpires.

Martinez was fined $50,000, Ramirez $25,000, Garcia $10,000 and Zimmer $5,000, a baseball executive told the Associated Press on the condition he not be identified.

Martinez hit Garcia in the back after the first three Yankees reached in the fourth inning, with Hideki Matsui's ground-rule double providing a 3-2 lead.

They exchanged angry words, and Garcia made a hard slide into Boston second baseman Todd Walker later in the inning, causing players to come out of the dugout.

Ramirez took exception to a high pitch from Roger Clemens in the bottom of the inning, walking toward him with bat in hand. Zimmer charged across the field and took a swing at Martinez, who shoved him to the ground.

Garcia became involved in another incident after the top of the ninth. A fight broke out in the Yankees' bullpen involving Paul Williams, a member of the Red Sox's grounds crew, and Garcia jumped the fence to intervene.

"I am very disappointed in the behavior of some of the participants in last night's game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees," commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "I believe Tim McClelland and his umpiring crew did an exemplary job in dealing with the incidents last night. I have instructed the umpires and told the clubs that any future misconduct by either team will not be tolerated and will be dealt with severely."

MLB officials also are investigating the incident with Williams, which began when Yankees relievers took exception to his waving a towel to incite the crowd after Matsui hit into a double play.

Williams got into a confrontation with reliever Jeff Nelson and ended up in a skirmish that left him with spike marks on his back and arms. He spent the night at a local hospital.

Boston police are seeking witnesses to the fight before determining whether to file charges against Garcia and Nelson.

Zimmer back

Zimmer was prepared to take his usual seat beside Yankees manager Joe Torre until rain caused Game 4 to be postponed until tonight. Zimmer, 72, suffered a left hip sprain and cut on the bridge of his nose after Martinez pushed him to the ground during the skirmish. He was taken to a hospital for a precautionary exam.

The Yankees rushed to Zimmer's aid after he fell forward and rolled on his back.

"I saw him on the ground and thought he had a heart attack," pitcher Andy Pettitte said. "He gets fired up and is not a spring chicken anymore. When I got over there, he didn't even know where he was. Then I heard he fell on his face. He had a big, old welt and he was bleeding. I was thinking the worst."

Fighting back tears, Zimmer made a statement to the media yesterday but cut it short when he was overcome with emotion:

"Last night we won a hell of a game and the media gathered around me and I didn't want to be rude. I was hurting and I had to get to the trainer's room, and I didn't want to take nothing away from the win we had.

"I'm embarrassed by what happened yesterday. I'm embarrassed for the Yankees, the Red Sox, the fans, the umpires and my family."

As he began to choke up, Zimmer said, "That's all I have to say. I'm sorry," and left the interview room.

Martinez talks

Martinez broke his silence yesterday, telling The Record of Bergen County, N.J., that he was neither threatening Jorge Posada nor deliberately throwing at Garcia.

Of Posada, the pitcher said he was pointing at his temple only to emphasize that he would remember the incident.

"Posada is a good guy but he was [taunting] me pretty bad," Martinez said. "So I was telling him, `I won't forget this.' "

Martinez also wondered how anyone could have thought he meant to bean Garcia. There were runners on second and third, and, in Martinez's words, "If the ball gets away, that scores a run. I was only trying to come up and in."

Rotations change

The rainout has brought changes to both rotations.

The Yankees will start Mike Mussina tonight, followed by David Wells in Game 5. If the series continues, Andy Pettitte would pitch Game 6 and Roger Clemens would start Game 7.

The Red Sox will start knuckleballer Tim Wakefield tonight. They've tentatively scheduled Derek Lowe for Game 5 and John Burkett - last night's scheduled starter - for Game 6.

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