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"I'll tell you one thing," Barnett said to Fisk. "You open your mouth once more and I'll run you."
"That's the way you are," Fisk said. "Just because you wear a blue uniform you think you have the right to command the game whether you're right or wrong. You can't think you are calling the game right. You just can't."
"I'll give you one more chance. Either get back in the game or you're gone."
At that moment Red Sox Manager Don Zimmer arrived on the scene.
"I don't want you getting tossed," he told Fisk.
"Zimmy, I'm keeping him," said Barnett.
"That's real nice, Larry," said Fisk. "You're really doing me a great big favor. But why don't you try calling the pitches correctly."
Barnett and Fisk are not alone in their mutual animosity. Froemming cannot forget a game in 1973 when the irascible Grote, then catching for the Mets, let a fastball get by him that almost hit the hot-tempered Froemming in the throat. Because they had spent the three previous innings in a non-stop argument, Froemming accused Grote of intentionally moving aside in hope that the pitch would hit the umpire.
"Are you going to throw me out?" snapped Grote.