KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Trailing 6-5 after starting pitcher Javier Vazquez dug the offense a five-run hole by the third and made them climb out of it, Orlando Cabrera walked to lead off the eighth inning. Nick Swisher flied out to center, leading to Cabrera nabbing second base.
Carlos Quentin, who had homered twice on the night to give him 21 on the season, then walked to bring up Jermaine Dye. During Dye’s at-bat, Cabrera nabbed third base. On the surface a heads-up play, but at the same time, a pet-peeve for some hitters who find it a distraction. Dye then struck out, seemingly putting the rally in jeopardy.
Jim Thome had other ideas, however, as the veteran hit a grounder into the hole between first and second base, allowing Cabrera to tie the game up, and Quentin to get to third.
Then it was fun time, like only the South Siders, and their now 3 ½-game lead in the Central Division, could provide.
As Cabrera was passing around the high-fives in the dugout, Dye apparently must have said something to his shortstop. What that was, Dye wasn’t saying.
Cabrera, never one to bite his tongue, started shouting in Dye’s direction and had to be restrained by Jose Contreras.
Afterward, it was explaining time.
“There was a little thing going on, but not a big deal,’’ Guillen said. “I talked to everyone after the game, told them that a good ballclub puts it behind them, a bad ballclub keeps fighting.
“But I like that. I don’t want them to fist fight, but I like that. I don’t want to see talking behind peoples’ back. I hate when players don’t like something with a coach or teammate and create a big whisper thing in the clubhouse.
“It was a misunderstanding. They talked it out and hugged, and it’s over.’’
While Cabrera did his usual disappearing act right after the game, Dye did discuss it.
“It was a misunderstanding,’’ the outfielder said. “When you’re together for a long time things happen. Good teams have disputes and move on.’’
My take? Who cares. Cabrera is a bad guy, selfish and cares about one person, but both he and the Sox need each other for a few months longer and then can spit on one another through the media. Next!