Reds manager Dusty Baker on Matt Garza and Johnny Cueto: 'Let them box'

Monday May 27th, 2013

Reds manager Dusty Baker thinks Cubs pitcher Matt Garza should fight Reds ace Johnny Cueto. (Photo by Associated Press) Reds manager Dusty Baker thinks Cubs pitcher Matt Garza should fight Reds ace Johnny Cueto. (AP)

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker thinks when players have issues with each other, they should go the hockey route and just fight each other.

Baker said he did not understand why Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza was upset by Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto's pitch high over David DeJesus' head and says the boxing ring might be the best place for the two to settle their differences.

Baker said Monday that Cueto "couldn't have hit Wilt Chamberlain with that pitch." After the play in the sixth inning Sunday of the Cubs' 5-4, 10-inning win, both dugout received warnings from umpires.  Garza called Cueto "immature" after the game.

"Just put them in a room, let them box and let it be over with. I always said this, let it be like hockey, let them fight, someone hits the ground and it's over with. I'm serious about that," Baker told reporters, via

Garza obviously had issues with where the pitch landed.

"If he wants to say something to me, he knows where my locker is. If he's got a problem, he can throw at me, and I'll do the same," Garza said Sunday. "Hopefully, he grows ... up. I hope he hears this. I really don't care. I don't know if there's anything between him and [DeJesus], but I'll stop it. I don't think you intentionally try to injure somebody. I hope the league looks at it. I don't want him suspended or anything. I hope his players talk to him and show him the way it is."

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