NEW YORK — Even with the benefit of talking to both parties, it’s still not entirely clear what was going on in the top of the fourth inning when Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Sox first base coach Tim Bogar were jawing at each other. There’s a possibility that Girardi was accusing Bogar of stealing signs, though that’s speculation at this point.
“I don’t know what was going on,” Bogar said. “I just heard him yelling at me from the dugout. That’s about it. I don’t know what he was talking about. I just reacted to what he said to me.”
Asked again, Bogar said, “Honestly, I was standing there, I heard him say something and I answered what he had to say to me.”
He continued by saying, “What did he say? That’s between me and him. It’s a baseball thing. Heat of the moment or whatever it was. He just had something to say and I answered back.”
Girardi was no more illuminating on the topic than Bogar was.
“Baseball men being baseball men,” Girardi said. I’m not going to get into it.”
Bogar said, though they had played against each other in their playing days, they do not know each other well. He added that there was no prior history between the two parties.
But his manager, Terry Francona, did offer up an explanation for what they were saying to each other in the fourth when asked why they might have been barking at each other.
“I didn’t think so,” Francona said, with a straight face. “I thought Joe was just checking on the family. Usually I think those guys when they haven’t seen each other for a while ask how things are going. Bogey said everybody’s OK at home.”
When asked specifically if Bogar might have been accused of something, like stealing signs, Francona said, “They could have. I really don’t care. You’d probably be better off asking them.”