Manny, Youkilis brush aside incident
Teammates insist there's no bad blood lingering from dispute
BOSTON -- A day after Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis squabbled in the dugout during a game and had to be separated, there didn't seem to be any residual effects.
"It was a misunderstanding," said Ramirez. "Even in the best family, you fight and stuff like that. But it's done. It's over with. We got everything straightened out."
Had Ramirez spoken to Youkilis since the incident?
"No, but we're fine," Ramirez said. "We're fine."
Youkilis was asked by a pack of reporters what happened with Ramirez.
"Nothing," Youkilis said. "It's over. That's it."
Ramirez was cheerful as he held court with the media, but didn't feel it was necessary to provide details of what took place.
"Don't worry about it," Ramirez said. "It's fine ... nobody's business. What happened, happened. We're going to move on. It's a new day. It's over."
To a man, everyone in the clubhouse seemed to take a similar stance. In fact, there was some sentiment that such flare-ups can be healthy.
"We had a lot of emotions going last night," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "A lot of things happen with teams that aren't seen [on camera], which certainly makes my job easier. When something like that happens, I'm not going to say we promote it, but it's not the end of the world. I think you can tell by how I'm answering. It happened, we'll move on. Sometimes you're actually better off for it."
Red Sox right-hander Curt Schilling, who has pitched on three World Series championship teams, didn't dispute that at all.
"That's always the way it happens on good teams," Schilling said. "Bad teams let that stuff simmer and come up in September and October in crunch time when the games are big and that stuff boils over. We play with October intensity 162 games a year -- mainly because of the fan base here and the expectation.
"We play nightly like that. When that stuff happens, [the emotion] comes out immediately. That's the kind of group of guys that we are. Those two guys, I promise you, will [talk] today. People will laugh about it and make fun of it and it's going to be a joke, because that's what happens when you're playing to win it all every day."
Do arguments between teammates occur a lot more than the media or general public know?
"Times 10," said Schilling. "Nine out of those 10 times, you guys don't see it, and it's none of your business. It happens and you never know it. But it's a healthy thing. It's intensity. It's the way great teams function. Look at the Yankees in the '70s. [On Thursday night,] we get in a fight with the other team and we fight each other -- that's a good thing."
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.