Chicago White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing wanted to clarify something at Comerica Park on Tuesday.
“First things first, I’m a pescatarian, so I don’t eat meat,” McEwing said. “I don’t eat ribeye or fillet, … I eat fish.”
McEwing was referencing Lance Lynn’s argument when the pitcher was asked about a lively discussion caught on camera between the two during a game against the Detroit Tigers after Monday night’s game.
“He was trying to get me to go,” Lynn said after the game. “He kept telling me that fillets are better than ribeye. I’m a ribeye and potatoes guy. He’s a fillet and Caesar salad. I just said he was wrong.
“And then he went back to coaching third.”
McEwing said the situation was a miscommunication.
“Know this that I love Lance to Death,” McEwing said. “We have similar personalities. We are both competitors and we both care a lot about how much work goes into a daily game. It was a miscommunication between us. And we took care of it, we hugged each other.” planted. I was thinking of something else that he was thinking about internally and mentally. And we embraced it and we are good.”
Tigers had hit seven fours in the first two innings. The discussion took place before the third. The notion was a conversation centered on the position of the players.
“And that’s the miscommunication part, that’s what I assumed,” McEwing said. “And it was more or less about him not making the pitch. He was not making the pitch. He was dropping balls in the middle of the zone, and that’s what he was feeling internally.
“My impression was that it was about something else. And that’s where the miscommunication comes in. And it happens. When you’re out there competing and both sides care about their jobs and wins and losses and such Things can happen. But that’s part of the game. … We have the same fiery personalities and that’s where it came from. But we talked about it and moved on.”
Lynn conceded three runs for 10 hits with four strikeouts in the 9-5 win and no walk in his 4⅓ innings.
“Lance fought and, perhaps most importantly, told me after the game that he felt well,” Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. “He feels really good. Maybe the location has shown a little rust. I know he got frustrated because he didn’t make a couple of pitches that he’s usually used to making.
“But he fought with his stuff, without his best stuff like the veteran and gave us what we needed to get a win (Monday). It was good to bring him back from a performance standpoint, and he should have his presence (Monday). Clubhouse) is fantastic.”
Hahn didn’t do much of what was shown on camera between Lynn and McEwing.
“I saw it as a conversation between two competitors,” Hahn said. “Now the fact that Joe doesn’t eat meat, makes me a little skeptical of the explanation you all pointed out that the conversation was about, but I’m not going to question your sources. (Lin’s explanation) Was impressive, but you’ll have to check your sources on that.
“This is nothing but a burger. Not a joke.”