In the top of the ninth inning of Thursday’s game between the Padres and Giants at Petco Park, Giants outfielder Angel Pagan was facing Padres relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel in a scoreless game, when Pagan noticed a piece of chewed gum in the batter’s box. He picked it up and tossed it away, but it just so happened to land at the feet of catcher Derek Norris, and Norris did not appreciate that.
“Hey, Bud,” said Norris, probably. “Don’t be throwing gum at my feet.”
“Who you calling ‘Bud,’ Pal?” said Pagan, presumably.
Tensions ran high for a moment before cooler heads prevailed, but on the very next pitch, Kimbrel gave Pagan some 97 mph chin music, perhaps his way of saying, “hey, don’t be throwing gum at my catcher, friend.”
After the game, Norris shared his feelings on the incident, as reported by Padres beat writer Dennis Lin of U-T San Diego:
You can’t be any more blunt than that.
The Giants eventually won the game 1-0 in 12 innings on a pinch-hit RBI single by Justin Maxwell. These two teams meet again on Friday.