Reporting Matt Loede
CINCINNATI (92.3 The Fan) - Derek Lowe has had enough. The pitcher who took the mound for the Indians Wedneday night went 1-for-2 at the plate, but it was an inside pitch from Reds starter Mat Latos that has the veteran fuming.
Lowe went off in his postgame comments about a history dating back to his last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers and spoke about an “incident” between he and current Reds manager Dusty Baker.
The Tribe thrower was met with a 96-MPH inside fastball from Latos to start the fifth inning. Lowe motioned to the Reds bench, which was met with a waving of the finger by Baker, motioning that the pitch demand didn’t come from him.
After the game, Lowe explained somewhat of the history between he and Baker, but would not divulge what happened, or how it got started.
“Dusty (Baker) will deny it, it has everything to do with him, you can go ask him,” Lowe said. “He (Baker) has been trying to do this (expletive) for three years, I’ve always come up with men on base.
“To say it didn’t come from Dusty, Mat Latos has been with the San Diego Padres the last four years, he has no idea what’s going on. Again, you can ask him (Baker), he’ll say he doesn’t know (expletive) about it, like he always does.”
Lowe pitched against the Reds on June 18th back in 2008, his only start against Cincy that season. In that game he went 5.1 innings, allowing a run on three hits with two walks and six strikouts.
There wasn’t anything else special about the game, other than the fact the Dodgers won 6-1 and Lowe got the win.
Lowe explained after the game about a “story” that Baker “made up” and that started the war between the two – at least in the eyes of Lowe.
“This goes back to my last year with the Dodgers (08), he (Baker) made up some (expletive) story, a lot of people got involved, people almost got fired over it,” Lowe said.
“You go ask him (Baker) and he’ll say he has no idea what he’s talking about. Just watch the game, Mat Latos has nothing to do with anything that had gone on. Why the (expletive) would you throw a 96 mile per hour pitch inside at a pitcher – ask him.”
When asked if the incident was made public or was something that people would commonely know about, Lowe said that “a lot of people knew about it.”
Nothing though about any history between the two could be found on the internet.
“I have zero respect for that guy (Baker), not that it matters, cuse I would imagine he would say the same about me,” Lowe said. “The (expletive) that was being said, and the denials he ended up ultimately doing – I’ll just leave it at that.”
“That’s why I was pointing at him, and he just shook his finger no like he had nothing to do with it,” Lowe said. “I guess Mat Latos just decided to hit me on his own.”