The ongoing confusion over baseball's new sliding rules spilled over into a postgame confrontation between Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and umpire Jim Joyce after their 9-7 loss to the Mets at Citi Field Thursday.
The two had to be separated after Rizzo confronted Joyce about a call that led to a critical double play in the top of the ninth, according to Daily News reporter Cristian Red.
"You blew it," Rizzo said on his way to the clubhouse, Red reported. "I don't need it out there either. You want to yell? Yell! I'm right here."
"You're the one that came up and talked to me," Joyce reportedly replied.
In the ninth inning, with the Mets up two runs and Jayson Werth at first base, Daniel Murphy hit a sharp grounder to Mets SS Asdrubal Cabrera, who flipped the ball to Neil Walker at second base.
Walker's throw was not in time to get Murphy at first base. However, umpires ruled Murphy out because's Werth's slide was illegal, according to the new rules implemented after Chase Utley's slide broke Ruben Tejada's leg during last season's NL Division Series.
"I have no problem with that slide, it's a great slide, it's what we're taught to do," Neil Walker said after the game.
In the fifth inning, Werth's made a similar slide that was ruled legal.
"I know I've been told four or five different things from different crews about the rules, and last time, I was told it was going to be a common-sense-type thing," National manager Dusty Baker said after the game. "I don't know how you teach young players now to break up a double play, because there's no such thing as breaking up a double play."