Deion Sanders surely will want to avoid the kind of commotion he created by failing to run out a pop-up to shortstop Ozzie Guillen in the bottom of the third inning of the Yankees' 5-2 win over Chicago Tuesday night.
Actually, it wasn't until well after the incident that Sanders realized he had created such an uproar. On his next at-bat, in the fifth inning, he and White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk got into a shouting match that escalated into a bench- and bullpen-clearing shouting match.Neither Sanders nor Fisk would divulge the nature of their heated exchange, but it apparently began when Fisk took exception to Sanders drawing with his bat in the batter's box before the first pitch.
It appeared as though Sanders was drawing dollar signs in the dirt, but he said he wasn't. "I've been doing it (drawing in the dirt) since I was a kid," said Sanders.
Nevertheless, Fisk, who is twice as old as the 21-year-old Sanders, didn't think it was cute.
"That's how it got started," said umpire crew chief Dave Phillips. "Fisk didn't like how Deion was drawing in the dirt."
Other players and coaches said Fisk also criticized Sanders' decision not to run out the pop-up. Sanders had come to the plate with Randy Velarde on third and one out and lofted an easy fly ball to Guillen. But instead of running the ball out, Sanders merely took a few steps toward first, then walked into the dugout.
"It was really nothing," said Sanders. "It looked like more than what it really was. We were just telling each other how much we love each other."
Fisk wouldn't get into specifics about the incident. He yelled to reporters from the shower, "Go over and ask them on the other side what the story was."
Yankees hitting instructor Champ Summers said: "(Fisk) told him, `You've got to run that ball out.' Deion probably told him, `It's none of your business.' "
"We told Deion the same thing (as Fisk)," Summers said. "Up here, you don't do that."