Originally written on Sportress of Blogitude  |  Last updated 11/20/14

During a chat with an estimated 40-50 season ticket holders on Friday at Petco Park, a day after the incident, Tom Garfinkel, the president and CEO of the San Diego Padres, laid all the blame on Dodgers pitcher Zach Greinke for the brawl that occurred last week between the Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Greinke, who suffered a broken collarbone in the fight after Greinke charged the mound, taking the brunt of the contact when the two collided on his shoulder, is out for two months. In audio obtained by Yahoo! Sports and reported on by Jeff Passan, Garfinkel blasts Greinke for throwing at Carlos Quentin and plunking the Padres outfielder, an incident that sparked the aforementioned on-field melee. Garfinkel then appears to make a disparaging remark about Greinke’s social-anxiety disorder by referring to the Dodgers pitcher as “Rain Main.” Audio of the 4-minute, 29-second talk is available here, but the relevant comments regarding the questionable reference to Greinke’s disorder follow, as they are reported in the Yahoo! story: “He threw at him on purpose, OK? That’s what happened. They can say 3-and-2 count, 2-1 game, no one does that. Zack Greinke is a different kind of guy. Anyone seen ‘Rain Man’? He’s a very smart guy.” Garfinkel added in his chat with Padres season ticket holders: “I don’t know about you guys, but I’m 6-3, 225. If Carlos Quentin was running at me, I would not put my shoulder down.” Once the audio became public, Garfinkel not surprisingly went into full damage control mode, apologizing to both Greinke and Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten for his seemingly insensitive comments. “I was emotional the day after the game and regrettably, while defending our player, I said some things I shouldn’t have, especially as it relates to Zack Greinke,” telling Yahoo! Sports, “I was out of line and I apologize. “Obviously, I don’t condone fighting and I wish it wouldn’t have happened. You never want to see any player get hurt.” There is no way to ascertain for certain whether or not Garfinkel’s “Rain Man” reference was an intentional and malicious barb at the expense of Greinke’s social-anxiety disorder, a condition he addressed candidly in 2011 when he was a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. Either way, it came off horribly for Garfinkel, with or without the “Rain Man” comment. When a high-profile individual is speaking publicly, it is best to always assume that their comments are being recorded by someone. TweetThe post Padres CEO blames Zach Greinke for brawl, calls Dodgers pitcher ‘Rain Man’ appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

MLB announces significant scheduling changes for Orioles

Meyer: NFL teams were bothered by Tebow media circus

NFL to suspend Dion Jordan for entire 2015 season

Bryce Harper calls Andrelton Simmons' slide a 'B.S. play'

Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kevin Love likely out for remainder of playoffs

NFL fines Jets $100K for tampering with Revis

Report: Ray Rice getting 'legititmate interest' from teams

NFL Draft hopeful Ray arrested before biggest day of his life

Goodell expects DeflateGate report's release 'soon'

J.R. Smith promises to be better person, player after suspension

MLB's pace of game changes are working

Does Tom Brady's SB 50 invite deflate Deflategate?

The Washington Wizards are looking like title contenders

WATCH: Ray Lewis gives fiery speech about Baltimore riots

Some early season observations that could hold true all year

Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM: 'Everything is for sale'

Tampa restaurant offers Jameis Winston free crab legs

J.J. Watt writes note for fan to get out of work for charity event

Should the Warriors be worried about extended rest?

WATCH: Paul Pierce bangs glass at Capitals-Islanders Game 7

Jon Jones turns himself into police, facing felony charge

Report: Brady was at stadium day of White House visit

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease

Bucs GM: 'Everything is for sale'

Tampa restaurant offers Jameis Winston free crab legs

Hamilton: Angels knew the risks

Jon Jones turns himself into police, facing felony charge

MLB could move Orioles’ home games

Duke takes over as the No. 1 recruiting class

Titans have been 'all over' Mariota?

Doc Rivers tore into Clippers after loss

Worst picks ever by every NFL franchise

Report: Cowboys not in on Peterson

NFL Draft 2015: Ranking the QBs

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.