Jesus Montero is putting together a 2014 season to forget in the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle Mariners catcher arrived to spring training overweight, admitting all he did in the off-season was eat. The 24-year-old has only played in six games with the Mariners this year, batting .235. Montero is currently with Triple-A Tacoma on a rehab assignment.
Thursday night Montero was involved in a bizarre incident with a Seattle cross-checker during a game in Boise. MiLB’s Tyler Maun provides the crazy details. Seriously, this is a weird one:
Montero was coaching first base, and at the end of an inning, the unidentified cross-checker yelled at him to hustle off the field, according to Boise official scorer Liza Safford. Montero then headed to the AquaSox dugout on the third-base side.
According to a game offical, the cross-checker then ordered an ice cream sandwich and had it sent to Montero in the dugout, escalating the confrontation further. The official said Montero — who arrived at Mariners Spring Training 40 pounds overweight this season — approached the stands with a bat while screaming profanities and threw the sandwich at the cross-checker. Montero had to be pulled back from the stands by Everett pitching coach Nasusel Cabrera, Safford said.
Bear in mind the cross-checker is a Mariners employee. Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik is aware of the situation but filed a “no comment” to the Seattle Times.
[UPDATE: The Seattle Times got in touch with the cross-checker in question, Butch Baccala. He said that the story has been blown way out of proportion, and denied the ice cream sandwich portion. First, he asked the Times to check to see if the stadium even sells ice cream sandwiches. (Reporter checked: They do.) Then he said he couldn’t talk any more about it before he talks to the Seattle GM. “I don’t want to lose my job.”]
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