Prior to the game on Saturday against the San Francisco Giants Tommy Pham told reporters that he had agreed to a 3-game suspension from Major League Baseball for slapping Giants outfielder Joc Pederson during batting practice on Friday afternoon. C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic was the first to report the news. Pham’s suspension began last night and will carry forward for the rest of the series against the Giants.
Yesterday afternoon we first heard about an incident that took place during batting practice. With each and every new bit of information that came out the story got crazier. Right before the game began, Pham was removed from the lineup. Shortly after the game had begun we learned that Pham slapped Pederson over something related to their fantasy football league.
There is now some video available of the slap.
BREAKING: 96.3/92.5 The Big Jab has obtained exclusive rights to a never before seen video of Tommy Pham slapping Joc Pederson (via Chad McCormack’s sources) #JocPederson #Pham #tommypham #Joc @MorningJab @MannixBrothers @ThePMJab pic.twitter.com/0oXBwDDRdH
— Chad McCormack (@mccormack_chad) May 28, 2022
Following the game the media spoke with Joc Pederson about the incident. From Pederson’s perspective it was all about the fantasy football aspect of it and the rules of the league that led to Pham’s frustration and ultimately the altercation in the outfield during batting practice.
Joc shares details of what happened in his fantasy football league that started his altercation with Tommy Pham today pic.twitter.com/d9NBTwPVoG
— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) May 28, 2022
However that isn’t exactly what Tommy Pham says led to everything on Friday. Pham said that some of it certainly was about the fantasy football stuff, but that Pederson also said some things about his former team that was disrespectful and it was also about that. Here’s the pre-game interview from Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer (warning, there is adult language used within)
Tommy Pham says he won’t play until the Boston series. He said it goes back with Joc Pederson to something Pederson said in a group text about Pham’s former team. pic.twitter.com/zFoirRDIXO
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) May 28, 2022
Update: May 28, 8:30pm
Well, after the game on Saturday, Joc Pederson shared more information on what happened in the group chat….
“It is true, I did send a GIF making fun of the Padres, and if I hurt anyone’s feelings I apologize for that.” pic.twitter.com/lE0enI2Ril
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) May 29, 2022