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Rays: Duncan play ‘flat-out dirty’

Posted Mar 12, 2008 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Mar 12, 2008 at 03:54 PM

Most of the Rays’ starters are out of the game now and their opinions on Shelley Duncan’s bench-clearing slide into Aki Iwamura in the second inning were unanimous.

“Dirty play,” said B.J. Upton. “Just a flat-out dirty play. Period.”

Jonny Gomes said he wasn’t surprised Duncan did what he did considering his comments to the New York media this week that he would consider retaliation for Saturday’s play, and he didn’t hesitate to get involved.

“That was sort of second nature,” he said. “I was taught from T-ball all the way up to have your teammate’s back. With that guy trying to hurt a teammate, I just acted how I acted.”

Gomes did get an initial shot in on Duncan but said an all-out brawl wasn’t his goal.

“I probably could have done a lot of things worse, but it is a baseball field and there’s fans and kids watching,” said Gomes. “I just had to let him know, that’s not going to fly with me on the field.”

Troy Percival was in the clubhouse for the play, but he saw the spike marks visible on Iwamura’s uniform pants, above his knee on the inside of the leg, and wasn’t happy.

“You’re just going out there, spikes high, trying to put them into somebody?” said Percival. “There’s no room in baseball for that kind of stuff. Ty Cobb’s been gone a long time.”

Like others in the clubhouse, Percival expressed surprise that the Yankees would be involved in a play like that.

“It’s not typical of them, that’s for sure,” said Percival. “They’ve always been a professional organization. They’ve always played hard and they’ve always played smart. I won’t say that about today’s game.”

Reader Comments

Por (joe hillman) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

duncan is just like his old man dave duncan: a hothead.

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Por (John) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

You know what guy, Johnson did not intend to hurt the catcher, however, Duncan tried to hurt Aki. And dont tell me if the yanks ran into another team’s catcher that all of yanks nation will have supported that play. So for now all of you hippocrits should shut it. And by the way, very classy taking shots at a writer not in you community. Why dont you stick to talking crap to fisherman in the depressing state that you live in, Maine, ughe feel sorry for you. Must be jelous of the awsome weather we have here. Oh yeah, thanks for the geography lesson, I forgot that Tampa is in south Florida because I could swear that it is in west central Florida. Lets see if you would like to be kleeted for no reason.

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Por (Jeff Smith) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

1. If your grand organization and classy fans don’t care about it then what are you doing here and why are you still crying about it? Seems to me like you do care if you took the time to read a “hack’s” blog and then respond with a comment.

2. We are not in South Florida and the history of baseball in Florida goes back so far you clearly need a lesson about these things before you go off talking about them. Last time I checked people play baseball in Florida year round. I’d like to see that happen in Maine.

Maybe one day you’ll be able to realize the difference between an injury that occurs out of fair play in baseball and when one player goes out of his way to try to injure another.

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Por (thomas funcheon) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

sounds like YANKROID fans getting Nervous. Both plays against the Astros and classless YANKROIDS we’re clean plays. Girardi himself always played that way. Then they don’t even have the balls to start Pettit or any of the over priced stars because they might get hurt. This is going to be a good year watching the Yankroids crumble.

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Por (JB) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

What a wonderful example these players are setting for the kids in the stands. Of course I’m being facetious. Another poor example of professional ball players acting like children. What makes things worse I just watched the news broadcast at 5:30 and the sports newscaster was praising the actions of those players. Makes me question the values and morals of Channel 8 News.

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Por (Matt Coker) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Jack, you bumbling idiot. Yankees were the ones who couldn’t handle hard, legal play and retaliated with a bush league and illegal one. Funny that the Astros, and everyone else but the Yankees, had no problem with the plays at the plate.

But this is absolutely fantastic for the Rays and their fans, galvanizing a team that’s already nearly as talented as the Yankees, and although I wouldn’t have said this a year ago, probably better coached too. Huge tactical error on Girardi’s part.  Just what he needed what an upstart like the Rays to start believing they can knock off the big kid on the block! Ok, no longer the big kid on the block… that’s the Red Sox… more like the slightly overweight and soft kid of rich parents on the block.

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Por (Ryan) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I love how this behavior is just fine when it’s the Rays and Maddon trying to create a new atmosphere. LOL @ changing the team name, they still are and always will be losers.

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Por (matt) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Whats worse, a blog about dirty tactics or you coming on a TPa web site to cry about your Yankees being a bunch of bit#ches. Go cry on your own web site, dic#!!!

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Por (K.V.C) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Nice Photo, try showing the first photo which actually shows duncan sliding into second, not the shot you have which is AFTER Aki Iwamura backed up!

He hit Iwamura above the ankle, and no higher than the knee.

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Por (Kerry) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Hey Jack from Maine,

Maybe you should get a clue. Sliding spikes up like that is absolutely dirty. Not only that, but considering his comments earlier in the week, it is hard to argue that it was not premeditated. It doesn’t surprise me you feel this way,though, because it is obvious that like Duncan, you have no class.

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Por (Steve Bigsmann) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

What a joke the rays are, the most pathetic team in baseball, who the heck is Johnny Gomes? He’ll be out baseball soon. duncan slid in, he wasn’trying to hurt the guy, get real!! I guess when your team stinks year after year you need to get attention some way.

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Por (Tom Scheip) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Your incredibly ignorant ‘Jack’. Of course it was a dirty play you fool, you obviously dont understand the game of baseball. Its not proffesional wresting, kickboxing, or the ufc. Its the MLB. A player was protecting his teammate. You, sir, are an idiot. Good story by the way.

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Por (Jeb Stewart) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.  The Rays manager wants his team to try to intimidate the Yankees, but doesn’t expect a response in kind?  SPARE ME!  As Jack Lambert once said, “No one can be allowed to Intimidate us…We’re supposed to be the intimidators!” 

And the Yanks don’t care whether Tampa likes it or not.  When your team is 64-98 again this season and Maddon’s been fired, all his rah rah garbage won’t count for squat.

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Por (John Stanton) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

How is that play not dirty? Duncan was clearly trying to injure Iwamura. I am not a fan of the Rays or Yankees, but that was uncalled for. If I was a Yankees fan, I would be embarrassed right now.

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Por (Aaron Rogers) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Hey Jack.  It’s not crying.  Look at the play.  It was the most blatant “high spikes” play since that wonderful human being Cobb left the field for the last time.  Duncan is a hack, always has been.  He should go play hockey where his apparent job on the Yanks makes more sense.  Also, it was Girardi (for whom I, as a Cubs fan, have a lot of respect) that started the BAWLING.

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Por (A Mart) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Very classy Jerk Off, I mean Jack Off, I don’t even know why your asinine comment isn’t deleted yet. You call us cry babies when you guys are the ones still worrying about an incident that happened last week. At least that was actually a legit play, unlike the sorry excuse for a slide was today. If you don’t care what this columnist has to say then don’t get on the site. Oh and by the way I do believe the best record in all of baseball currently resides here in TAMPA Florida.

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Por (Randall) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Hey, everyone already knows:

Yankees suck.

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Por (Ron Allen) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Alrighty then.  Another Jankee fan who doesn’t have the backbone to give his real name.  He resorts to a juvenile moniker that TBO isn’t smart enough to pick up on.  Anyway….Jack (like that’s your real name) you are obviously a moron.  No surprise there.  Anyone, and I would like to stress, ANYONE, who believes that the Rays started this is struggling with reality.  Baseball, for those of you who don’t know (like our “friend” Jack) is a contact sport.  If the Jankees have a problem with that there is always girl’s slow-pitch softball.  Maybe they would do well with that.  As for you, “Jack”, YOU (much like most Jankee players and fans) are a PUNK.

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Por (Ron Allen) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Who is the freakin’ moderator that would allow an obviously moronic name like jack me off hard to appear in this forum.  How about you idiots waking up.  Don’t publish obviousl drivel from someone who doesn’t have the balls to submit his real name.

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Por (vince) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

dont come into tampa and start something you cant finish,sounds like the yanks and redsox now know this team is no push over,if you dont like it jack in maine…stay in maine..im sure you have blogs up there to talk about your pathetic excuse for a team..stay off ours.

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Por (Trey Pistole) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Wow, our slogan WE ARE ONE TEAM does really fit now. Thanks Jonny for doing what a real professional should do, keep it up. I hope the yanks get the message now cause they are as classless as Girardi.

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Por (Larry Dallas) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

This play will be the highlight of the Rays season.  When you are 20 games under .500 at the All-Star break you can look back and remember some stupid March spring training game moment.

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Por (john shin) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

i hope no tampa rays fan is whining about this… this has the greatest publicity ploy they’ve been involved with in the history of there horrible franchise (i might be wrong on horrible in a few years, i’ll grant ya that).

take the publicity, take the little bit of pride you get mentioned in the same breath as the New York Yankees, take the team hype and go screw yourselves.

that goes for all you arrogant baseballholics that think the yankees are actually BAD for baseball.

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Por (JOHN) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

YOU CAN TELL DUNCAN BELONGS TO THE SKANKEE`S
THEY BOTH HAVE JUST AS MUCH CLASS

NYY FANS ARE REALLY SHOWING THEY BELONG TO THAT SCUMMY OPERATION

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Por (joe diaz) on March 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

all of you trying to defend your yankess and saying how tampa sucks, news flash Last seven years yuor yankess have spent over $1 billion dollars in payroll and the rays about $200 million and neither of you have won a darn thing when all is said and done so go cry over your spill money

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