One night after a heated exchange between Chone Figgins and Don Wakamatsu continued into an altercation that spread throughout the dugout during Friday’s loss to Boston, it seemed to be back to business as usual for the Mariners.
Figgins was in the lineup before Saturday’s game against the Red Sox and, while the second baseman did not speak with the media, Wakmatsu talked about moving forward.
“No one wants to go out there and mess up,” Wakamatsu said. “Whether it’s baserunning or whether it’s a physical thing, you have to make that decision. We made it last night and we’re going to move on and try to concentrate on trying to play good baseball.”
While reporters waited for Figgins, first baseman Casey Kotchman said, “He’s not ready to talk about it yet, so you guys can do what you need to do.”
Wakamatsu and Figgins met with general manager Jack Zduriencik on Saturday to discuss the incident, but few details from that meeting were revealed.
“It’s more about the play,” Wakamatsu said. “It’s not so much about the individual. There’s some accountability with, not just him, but we’re asking of everybody. Again, when there’s tight ballgames and one or two plays affect the outcome, it seems to be more critical.”
Zduriencik also declined to discuss specifics.
“How we’ve discussed things is between us,” Zduriencik said. “We’ve had our talks and that’s it. We’re moving on and playing baseball.”
The Mariners clubhouse was opened late to the media so the team could conduct a five-minute meeting. Wakamatsu said they touched on what transpired in the fifth inning but, more than anything, the team talked about coming together as a club.
“There’s a lot of guys in this clubhouse and coaches that, we want to win every ballgame we’re in,” Wakamatsu said. “There’s a lot of emotions that fly and, again, we’re right there with the fans on every game. But we’re playing some pretty good baseball.”
The incident during the Mariners’ 2-1 loss to the Red Sox started when Wakamatsu pulled Figgins from the game after he failed to back up cutoff man Jack Wilson on a throw from left fielder Michael Saunders that sailed high in the fifth inning.
“No one wants to come out of a ballgame,” Wakamatsu said. “No one wants to be put in that situation. Whether it’s Chone or anyone else, it’s never an easy situation, but it kind of shows you a little bit more about how much we care down here. There’s certain situations that need to be handled during the season that aren’t public. It happened to be public last night.”
While it was replayed on TV and written about extensively, the organization has decided to put the incident to rest instead describing the details of what took place.