Derek Lowe has “zero respect” for Dusty Baker
Indians veteran Derek Lowe had some harsh words aimed at Reds manager Dusty Baker following Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to Cincinnati. Lowe’s expletive-filled postgame rant came after Mat Latos threw a fastball a little too far inside for the Tribe pitcher’s liking.
The pitch in question was a first-pitch, 96-mph heater from Latos to open the fifth inning. After watching the pitch breeze by, Lowe motioned toward the Reds dugout and barked at Baker. Lowe said he and Baker have had bad blood boiling for years, dating back to when the pitcher was with the Dodgers.
According to Lowe, Baker has been instructing his pitchers to throw at Lowe for the past five years.
Here is the transcript of what Lowe had to say:
Q: Is there something going on between you and Reds?
“Dusty will deny it. It has everything to do with him. You can go ask him. He’ll deny it like he has no idea. They’ve been trying to do this [stuff] for years. I’d always come up with men on base. To say it didn’t come from Dusty, Mat Latos was with the San Diego Padres the last four years. He has no idea what’s going on. Again, you can ask him and he’ll say he doesn’t know [anything] about it like he always does. This goes back to my last year with the Dodgers. He made up some [bogus] story. A lot of people got involved. People almost got fired over it. You can go ask him right now and he’ll say he has no idea what you’re talking about. But just watch the game. Mat Latos has nothing to do with anything that has gone on. How would he know? Why in the [world] would you throw a 96 mph fastball, first pitch, inside to a pitcher? Ask him.”
Q: People almost got fired?
“There were a lot of people involved. I mean, by no means am I going to sit here and get into it.”
Q: Was this ever made public?
“No, but a lot of people knew about it. I have zero respect for the guy — not that it matters. I imagine he’d say the same about me. But the [stuff] that was being said and the denials that he ended up ultimately doing was pretty sad. I’ll just leave it at that. They’ve been trying to do this [stuff] for years, but I always came up with men on base. It’s the first time it came up with no one on base. That’s why I was pointing at him, because I knew why it happened. He shook his finger likehe had nothing to do with it. I guess Mat Latos just figured he’d hit me to lead off the fifth inning on his own.”