ALDS Game 3 got a little chippy in the ninth. Grant Balfour, who is normally animated on the mound, had some words for Martinez between pitches that Victor took exception to.
What did Balfour say?
According to Victor Martinez, Balfour said “what the “F” are you looking at?” What Victor said in response was clearly heard on the MLB Network broadcast: “What the F#$% is your problem…bitch”. After that Martinez and Balfour got in each others face separated only by A’s catcher Stephen Vogt and the home plate umpire. They wouldn’t be on the field alone for long as both benches and bullpens cleared and began a shoving match.
It didn’t esclate further but you could clearly see Victor Martinez’s frustration during the post game interview on Fox Sports Detroit. When asked if the altercation would fire up the team, V-Mart smirked and said “we will have to wait and see”.
The Tigers DH also said he wasn’t intimidated by Grant Balfour. “I faced the best closer in the world Mariano Riveria and he doesn’t intimidate me with little stuff like that.” Then Martinez was asked if he was trying to get in Balfour’s head by responding. “I wasn’t trying to get in his head, I just want him to throw it over the plate.”
The fireworks should make for must see TV tomorrow afternoon as the Tigers try to avoid elimination on their home field.