From the Yes Network:
“They can take whatever they want from it from it, but I just kind of got tired of people brushing him back. It’s about time someone made a statement,” Garza said, noting that Longoria was hit by a pitch in the opener of the three-game series on Monday night.
“I hate to be that guy, but someone had to take a stand and say we’re tired of it,” the right-hander added. “You can go after our best guy. Well, we’ll make some noise, too, and that’s what happened.”
Longoria, who was hit by Yankees reliever Jonathan Albaladejo on Monday, did not take issue with Chamberlain.
“That’s just the way the game goes. I don’t know if it was intentional, unintentional or if it was a way to kind of stir up our dugout,” Longoria said. “I don’t have any hatred or negative feelings. It’s just part of the game.”
I have no problem with Garza hitting Teixeira. Joba’s actual intent is really irrelevant, as his reputation precedes him and teams have the right to assume that he is throwing at their players. Garza was therefore within his rights to take action against a Yankee star. As Joba himself noted:
“That’s just the game, man,” Chamberlain said. “Longoria is great, there’s no getting around it, so you’ve got to be aggressive with him. If that’s what he feels, then he did what he needed to do. At the end of the day, we won the ballgame, and that’s really all that matters.”
However, Garza was pretty stupid in admitting to hitting Teixeira on purpose. He had gotten away with the retaliation, and would likely have gone unpunished. Instead, he probably will miss a turn for a team that really needs him in the rotation if they are going to make a run. Garza’s actions show a bit of desperation. Winning teams let their play do the talking, while struggling teams make plenty of noise and talk about sending messages. Garza did not want to get away with it, and chose to inform everybody that he was taking a stand. It comes off as a sorry attempt to try and motivate his team, and will likely hurt them more than it helps them in the long run.