Tempers flared in the eighth inning of the Mets' 4-3 win over the Phillies on Monday when Phillies pitcher Edubray Ramos threw toward Asdrubal Cabrera's head.
Ramos threw a 96 mph fastball over Cabrera's head in a 2-2 game, and Cabrera stared Ramos down after the pitch. Home plate umpire Allan Porter warned both benches and later ejected Phillies manager Pete Mackanin.
Ramos said the pitch slipped, though others speculated it was retaliation after Cabrera flipped his bat emphatically after hitting an 11th-inning walk-off home run off Ramos in a game last September.
Cabrera, who eventually walked and scored on a Jay Bruce home run, said he did not know Ramos was the pitcher off whom he hit the home run and said he was upset at the pitch's location.
"What happened last year, still last year, you know," Cabrera said, according to the NY Daily News. "I think when you hit a home run to win the game, it's not like do something to make him feel like it was worse, so I was just enjoying the home run. What he did today, was bad. You want to hit somebody, you make sure you throw the ball down, not at the head."
"I think after it happened, guys were talking about it," Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters. "Certainly didn't expect it. Hit a game winning home run, you over-react. As we all know the game is changing today, it's a celebration. I was surprised by it. I really was."
Bruce said the incident between Ramos and Cabrera pumped the Mets up.
"It just gets the competitive juices flowing," he said. "We're trying to play baseball and win baseball games, not be worried about stuff like that. Obviously no one likes getting balls thrown up at their head. I also can't say it was on purpose."