Padres CEO and Team President Tom Garfinkel spoke with season ticket holders last Friday, less than 48 hours after the Zack Greinke/ Carlos Quentin incident that resulted in Greinke breaking his collarbone. Yahoo Sports obtained audio of Garfinkel’s talk. Garfinkel was of the belief that Greinke was throwing at Quentin intentionally, and explained-away it being a 2-1 game and a 3-2 count by comparing Zack Greinke to Raymond Babbitt.
“Zack Greinke is a different kind of guy. Anybody seen Rain Man? [crowd laughs] He is a very smart guy. He has Social Anxiety Disorder. He doesn’t interact well with his team, he doesn’t interact with his teammates.”
Garfinkel probably recognized that he had crossed some sort of line there. Later in the same talk, he added, “This is my opinion, and I can’t say this publicly. Well, this is public, we are in the Trust Tree here.”
Oops. Hot comments burn CEO. Garfinkel has already sent an apology to Dodgers Team President Stan Kasten and Zack Greinke, according to Yahoo.
[image via mlb.com]