Quotes from the news wire:
I’ve been thrown out a bunch of times in my career, but it’s all because of emotion, sometimes you flare up because you care. I repeat, it’s not our goal to yell at umpires and make them a part of whatever the game is that day. Sometimes, when you care about winning, which we do, you flare up. Umpires understand that emotion is part of it, so they hear with one ear and see with one eye, but sometimes it goes too far, and today it went too far.
I was upset because that’s not the time to swing 3-and-0, the Twins knew I was upset. With that kind of lead, it’s about sportsmanship, respect for your opponent and respect for the game. There’s going to be a consequence that he’s going to have to endure within our family. It won’t happen again. He’s not going to do that again.
That's just sportsmanship, respect for the game, respect for your opponent, he made a mistake, so there will be a consequence that he has to endure here within our family. But it won't happen again because (third base coach Joe McEwing) will be on the lookout and I will be too, and we'll go running in front of the pitcher if we have to.
I didn't know that, we all thought that Liam was gonna be the runner and that's how it went. We wanted a double switch to keep him in the game. If you look to Abreu, back to (Yoán) Moncada, so-forth, that's not who you want to double-switch out of the game. I wasn't aware that Abreu could have run. I thought it had to be the guy that made the last out — or that spot in the order.
Honestly, I really had no idea, i feel like I've seen some wacky and weird stuff happen in this game. In my opinion that's really one that you kind of chalk up to how lengthy the rulebook is, especially how some of these rule changes have happened in the last couple years. If it's anybody's fault, it's kind of everybody's fault.