When asked what happened, Pederson explained that he and Pham take part in a fantasy football league together. Greater than a 12 months ago, Pederson said there was a disagreement a few transaction he had made through which he moved a player who was listed as out to injured reserve. He said a text message sent to a bunch chat for the league accused him of cheating for “stashing” players on his bench. He didn’t say directly that Pham had sent the message.
“I looked up the foundations and sent a screenshot of the foundations, the way it says when a player is ruled out you’re allowed to place them on the I.R., and that’s all I used to be doing,” Pederson said.
Pederson expressed confusion that Pham was upset concerning the move; he said that Pham had executed the same transaction along with his own roster, going so far as to supply who the player in query was with Pham’s team.
“It just so happened that he had a player, Jeff Wilson, who was out, and he had him on the I.R.,” Pederson said. “I said ‘you literally have the identical thing in your bench.’”
Pederson said Friday’s incident didn’t have much lead-up. Pham approached him, asked if he remembered the difficulty, Pederson confirmed he did, and Pham slapped him across the cheek.
Pederson said he selected to not retaliate.
“I didn’t get emotional and I don’t think violence is the reply,” he said. “So I form of left the situation.”
Pham was eventually pulled from Cincinnati’s starting lineup. He and Reds Manager David Bell declined to handle the slap after the sport, but Kapler, the Giants manager, said that the league would look into the incident.
“Major League Baseball is investigating it, and until that’s complete, I’m probably not going to say much on it,” Kapler said.