Yesterday Tom Froemming wrote a solid article on Rocco Baldelli's management style and how it may shape the clubhouse culture for the better. Meanwhile, during yesterday's slugfest in Anaheim FSN cameras caught Max Kepler and Miguel Sano bumping shoulders and then jawing some as they walked separate ways.
Thanks to SkorNorth's Ramie Makhlouf this clip gained a little steam on Twitter:
My amateur lip-reading skills sees Kepler saying "everyone gets a hit" or something to that extent as he brushes past Sano. Sano turns then says something back at Kepler. Is there something more ominous behind this interaction? Maybe. Overreacting and reading too much into a short clip without context? Almost definitely.
Historically, the Twins. like all teams, are no strangers to in-fighting. There was the infamous Dan Gladden-Steve Lombardozzi incident of 1987 when, according to Al Newman, Gladden "beat the s---" out of Lombardozzi at Gladden's home following an altercation on a team flight. Or in 2005 when Torii Hunter took a swing at Justin Morneau (“It’s really no different than fighting with your brothers,” said Hunter at that time.) Or the Jose Mijares-Delmon Young dust-up. Over the course of 162-game season and living in close quarters, these types of things happen.
I doubt Kepler and Sano will join those ranks -- after all, winning cures everything, right?