When requested what occurred, Pederson defined that he and Pham take part in a fantasy soccer league collectively. Greater than a yr in the past, Pederson mentioned there was a disagreement a few transaction he had made by which he moved a participant who was listed as out to injured reserve. He mentioned a textual content message despatched to a bunch chat for the league accused him of dishonest for “stashing” gamers on his bench. He didn’t say instantly that Pham had despatched the message.
“I appeared up the principles and despatched a screenshot of the principles, the way it says when a participant is dominated out you are allowed to place them on the IR, and that is all I used to be doing,” Pederson mentioned.
Pederson expressed confusion that Pham was upset in regards to the transfer; he mentioned that Pham had executed the same transaction together with his personal roster, going so far as to supply who the participant in query was with Pham’s crew.
“It simply so occurred that he had a participant, Jeff Wilson, who was out, and he had him on the IR,” Pederson mentioned. “I mentioned ‘you actually have the identical factor in your bench.'”
Pederson mentioned Friday’s incident didn’t have a lot lead-up. Pham approached him, requested if he remembered the problem, Pederson confirmed he did, and Pham slapped him throughout the cheek.
Pederson mentioned he selected to not retaliate.
“I did not get emotional and I do not assume violence is the reply,” he mentioned. “So I form of left the state of affairs.”
Pham was finally pulled from Cincinnati’s beginning lineup. He and Reds supervisor David Bell declined to deal with the slap after the sport, however Kapler, the Giants supervisor, mentioned that the league would look into the incident.
“Main League Baseball is investigating it, and till that is full, I am most likely not going to say a lot on it,” Kapler mentioned.