Laird puts Verlander matter behind him
When Gerald Laird met up with family members after Monday’s game, he didn’t tell his dad about the, well, animated discussion he had with Justin Verlander in the Tigers dugout in the sixth inning. Then he tuned into Sportscenter. So much for that.
“He didn’t know it happened, and then everyone sees it,” Laird said. “Honestly, I didn’t think it was going to be on [the ESPN broadcast]. It was just one of those things where I thought I was right and [Verlander] thought he was right, we discussed it and after the game we shook hands.”
Laird’s views on the matter sounded much like that of Verlander Monday night, that it was emotions of the game catching up with them and spilling out in public view when they shouldn’t have. And now, it’s over.
“It escalated probably more than it needed to,” Laird said. “If it wasn’t the ESPN game, I don’t think anyone would’ve seen it. It was just one of those things that got caught on TV. I’m sure we’ll talk about it today, but we shook hands [last night]. We’re friends. We have dinner together all the night. It’s just one of those misunderstandings.”
Laird said what sparked it came not from pitch selections, but from a point during the sixth when Laird tried to walk out to the mound.
“It was when we went out there and he called me halfway,” Laird said. “That was the disagreement right there, just on signs, I think it was. That’s it. He just mentioned something. He’s a competitor. You don’t like to get hit around. I’m sure he got frustrated and went to the dugout. I was frustrated because I want him to do the best he can. I don’t want him to give up runs, get hit around. It’s just one of those things in the heat of the moment. That’s it.”