What followed were two of the best Martinez moments ever…his one-sided scuffle with Don Zimmer and the famous quote “who are you Karim Garcia”.
So where are they now?
Martinez is out of the game…but promises to be back. Zimmer, now in his 62nd Major League season, is some sort of coach with the Tampa Bay Rays.
And Garcia, well, Garcia is with the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) and probably hadn’t been thought about since 2003. That was until this past week when, it appears, “The Latino Bambino” found himself in a little trouble.
According to the blog True Stories of Korean Baseball, the Lotte Giants outfielder was ejected for arguing with an umpire and received the league mandated seven-game suspension and a $3000 fine.
The money is probably a drop in the bucket for Garcia and while seven games is seven games…it is no big deal, right?
The 35 year-old slugger then took the matter to, you guessed it, Twitter. What he banged out was a typo-laden, Jose Canseco-esque string of tweets criticizing the KBO.
Garcia has since taken down his tweets, but, thankfully, they were saved by the aforementioned “True Stories” blog.
If you can sift through the typos (and if you follow Canseco…you certainly can), here’s what the former Yankees bust had to say.
great ,stupid kbo suspend me 7 games for what? the ump stir at me and takes the mask off and say what?
looking for me to say something and then trow me out off the game wish i did
and for that i get 7 games and 3000dlls i thing that they have no clue off what they r doing and say ok let kick him out the rest off the yr
they should look realy hard at the ump they r terrible worst then a ball in the states but kbo dont say nothing about that
kbo realy need to make up their mind about what is going on with ump asking for sing ball and be realy friendly with some players
always making mistakes at the plate or on the bases but kbo dont see that only they see what they want to see
kbo is realy good at not doing something when they supposto but when is a foring player they jump right in and try to get them tnx
o and one more thing i cant ask to reducce my penalty they dont have that in korea base ball so i cant talk to no body from kbo
Again, Garcia has taken down his derogatory tweets, but if you head over and check out @karimgarcia95 on Twitter, you’ll find that he’s also caught a case of the Mannys and Sammys and, suddenly, can only tweet only in Spanish.
At the time of his suspension, Garcia was hitting .252 with 26 home runs and 83 RBI for the Lotte Giants. And if, for some reason, you are curious about the comings and goings of the Korean Baseball Organization, follow @mykbo over on the Twitters.