Paul Konerko, Grant Balfour explain spat
BY BRIAN SANDALOW For Sun-Times Media April 26, 2014 11:18PM
Tampa Bay Rays closer Grant Balfour, right, reacts as Chicago White Sox's Paul Konerko walks to first base during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Friday, April 25, 2014. The White Sox won 9-6. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) ORG XMIT: CXS122
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Updated: May 28, 2014 6:53AM
One day after their ninth-inning confrontation, White Sox captain Paul Konerko and Rays closer Grant Balfour were still being asked to explain their flare-up.
Balfour had just walked Konerko with one out in the ninth inning. As Balfour left the mound to get the ball back, he yelled to himself in frustration. But he was close enough to Konerko that Konerko wanted to find out if Balfour was yelling at him.
Konerko seemed satisfied that Balfour was just mad at himself.
“The last one, I felt like as I was going down the line I heard a lot of yelling, and I didn’t know if it was directed my way. I wasn’t going to have somebody yell that close to me,” Konerko said. “And I don’t think he was yelling at me, but I wasn’t sure because it seemed like it was real close to me and loud. So I was just finding out.”
Konerko wouldn’t say what he told Balfour, but the fiery Rays reliever did.
“When I went and got the ball and I kind of turned around, he was yelling at me,” Balfour said. “I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ And he starts yelling at me, ‘Are you talking to me?’ I was like, ‘I’m not talking to you. [Expletive] I’m [ticked].’ I was frustrated.”