Seattle’s Jesus Montero was involved in a bizarre altercation Thursday night involving an unprofessional scout and an ice cream sandwich.
Montero began a rehab assignment earlier this week for the Everett Aquasox and joined the team at Boise. As he was coaching first base, an unidentified crosschecker heckled Montero, according to Boise official scorer Liza Safford. Montero headed to the Aquasox dugout on the third base side shortly after.
Crosscheckers are a type of scout who verify reports made by regional scouts and give their recommendations to the scouting directors.
Tyler Maun, a contributor for MiLB.com, reported the crosschecker ordered an ice cream sandwich and had it sent to Montero in the dugout. This jape most likely was meant to reference Montero arriving at Spring Training 40 pounds overweight this season.
Montero lost his cool after the ice cream sandwich and approached the stands with a bat screaming profanities. He let the crosschecker know he didn’t care for the sandwich by throwing it at him. Aquasox pitching coach Nasusel Cabrera restrained Montero before the incident worsened.
Montero did not get ejected from the game and remained in the dugout for the remainder of the game.
This incident doesn’t make anybody look good and it is likely both Montero and the crosschecker will suffer disciplinary action. A professional baseball player should never lose his cool like that and the actions of the crosschecker are inexcusable.
Update 8/29/14 at 12:36 pm:
The scout who was involved in this altercation has come forward and denied that he provoked Montero. Mariners’ crosschecker Butch Baccala had this to say to Seattle Times writer Geoff Baker:
“Of course I wasn’t,’’ Baccala said. “Why would I? I work for the Mariners. I’ve worked my ass off for the Mariners. Why would I do anything to hurt anybody? That wasn’t even close to the intention.’’
Baker’s article also states that Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik is investigating the incident.