When Jerry Hairston Jr. kicked off the second round of the Carlos Quentin / Zach Greinke fight, he blamed it on a Padres player for taunting Greinke after his injury, instead of himself. As I said earlier today, there was no way for the Padres to even know Greinke was hurt at the time. Hairston admits he's the one who "lost it" and charged towards the Padres dugout to defend Greinke against the verbal attack.
It was rumored that the Padres player in question was John Baker, even though Hairston wouldn't name him.
@rjsfro It wasn't John Baker. Hairston said it was a 1st year player— Marty Caswell (@MartyCaswell) April 12, 2013
Now John Baker has come forward to defend his good name. He spoke with Padres broadcaster Andy Masur and said he's tired of having his name dragged through the mud. He tried to help Greinke by pulling him out of the pile.
Spoke w/John Baker who is "sick" about having name dragged thru mud.Says "watch the video", he dragged Greinke out of pile. Tried to help.— Andy Masur (@PadsCast) April 12, 2013
#Padres Quentin took exception to reports that singled out teammate John Baker. He said Baker was the one who helped pull Greinke from pile.— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) April 12, 2013
Baker was visibly emotional when he spoke about Greinke taunting accusation, saying he was the first person to pull him out of the fight— Marty Caswell (@MartyCaswell) April 12, 2013