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Mariners Suspend Jesus Montero For Ice Cream Incident With Scout

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Last week we told you about an incident involving Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, a heckling team scout, and a hurled ice cream sandwich. In light of what happened, the Mariners have decided to suspend Montero for the rest of the season.

Here's what Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik told reporters, per the Seattle Times:

"This incident is of the magnitude that either party should have been more under control,'' Zduriencik said. "Either party should have been more professional. You just don't get to this point and say neither is to blame or who is to cast the blame. It doesn't really matter.

"There are always two sides to every story. In the end, I would view this as saying both parties are wrong."


In that same story, the scout, named Butch Baccala, attempts (poorly) to cast doubt on whether the alleged incident even happened:

Earlier in the day, Baccala had said the incident was being blown out of proportion.

"It's not what is being portrayed,'' he said.

He denied attempting to provoke Montero about his weight.

"Of course I wasn't,'' he said. "Why would I? I work for the Mariners. I've worked my ass off for the Mariners. Why would I do anything to hurt anybody? That wasn't even close to the intention.''

Baccala at first denied the ice cream sandwich story, then said he couldn't comment one way or the other. He suggested a reporter check whether they even sell ice cream sandwiches at Memorial Stadium in Boise, where the game was played.

Todd Rahr, president and general manager of the Boise Hawks, confirmed that ice cream sandwiches are indeed sold at the ballpark during games.

[Seattle Times]

Below is our original ice cream-chucking story.

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