superstar Hanley Ramirez and double-play partner Dan Uggla got into a heated exchange Wednesday over Ramirez's perceived lack of desire to win.
Each sitting at his locker about 10 feet apart, Ramirez and Uggla openly argued in the clubhouse about why Ramirez really exited from Tuesday's rain-delayed game in the fifth inning.
Ramirez said he had cramping in his left hamstring, and he didn't appreciate the reaction he got from Uggla and others.
"A couple of the guys did like this when I came out," said Ramirez, throwing his arms up in the air. "I'm not happy with the team."
Overhearing Ramirez, Uggla chimed in: "I was one of them," said the second baseman, adding that he thought Ramirez "ain't hurt."
Addressing a reporter, Ramirez answered: "You got it. Showed me up."
From that point, Ramirez and Uggla continued exchanging barbs. The altercation never escalated beyond a verbal back-and-forth, but they were shouting by the time manager Fredi Gonzalez emerged and politely asked the three reporters present to vacate the clubhouse about three minutes after the argument began.
Earlier in the afternoon, Ramirez told the media he was playing despite his hamstring feeling 10 percent healthy. He alluded to his teammates' reaction when he exited Tuesday night, but did not offer further details until questioned again later.
"I had no idea," catcher
said. "I hope he feels better and plays. He's our best player. It's something that will be handled within the team. We're a big family. I guess he's upset. Families get in arguments.
"It's a long season, you get beat up. He's been hit by pitches, he's been in the lineup every single day. He's been battling for us through successes and struggles. I don't question any of his toughness or anything. Maybe what you hear is more frustration on how we've been playing lately."
Ramirez and Uggla made it clear that was not the case. Ramirez was in the Marlins' initial starting lineup but was scratched, presumably after Gonzalez learned the truth about how he was feeling.
"You're playing today?" Uggla said to Ramirez.
To which Ramirez responded: "After you showed me up, I have to play today."
Ramirez: "Yeah, I have to. I told Fredi exactly the same."
Uggla: "You should have never came out."
Ramirez: "Why not?"
Uggla: "If you play today, you should have played the rest of the game [Tuesday]. It wasn't a big game? You don't want to win?"
Ramirez: "Every day is a big game."
Uggla: "You don't want to win?"
Ramirez went on to tell Uggla he felt hurt over teammates showing him up and added, "I don't show nobody up on the field. I never did."
"You have before," said Uggla, not pointing to a specific example in spite of Ramirez's request to do so. "I've seen you."
Asked if he's had a chance to speak privately with any teammates about the matter, Ramirez responded, no. Uggla then reignited the exchange, suggesting Ramirez, who is hitless in his past 14 at-bats and 1 for his past 16 with runners in scoring position, was sitting on his
-leading .355 average.
Ramirez countered by saying he's already got a long-term deal, so he doesn't need to maintain his stats for arbitration purposes.
"If you really wanted to win you would have never come out of the game," Uggla said. "Stand pat."
Ramirez: "Yeah, I'm 0 for 14. They think that's why. I'm still hitting .355. It's unbelievable. And arbitration, I've got arbitration next year, so I have to sit on my numbers."
Uggla: "Yeah, you got your $70 million, so f------ win. What the f--- you have to come out of the game for? You're going to complain to the media and say your feelings are ... hurt. Are you ... serious?"
"Yes I am," Ramirez said, shouting now. "I don't show nobody up on the field. You showed me up on the field! I never do that to nobody!"