Ha-Seong Kim-Tommy Pham outfield collision led to confrontation for Padres
A collision involving San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham and shortstop Ha-Seong Kim during Wednesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field was bad enough, but it also led to an in-team confrontation over the incident.
A shallow fly ball off the bat of Cubs catcher P.J. Higgins into left field during the fourth inning of the Padres’ 6-1 loss created confusion between Pham and Kim, who then violently collided. Showing admirable presence of mind and awareness, Kim managed to retrieve the ball and turn the outfield mishap into a double play.
Both players had to leave the game, with Kim suffering a concussion and leaving Pham requiring stitches. That’s when things somehow took a turn for the worse.
Padres third base coach Bobby Dickerson for some reason chose to confront Pham over what occurred in the field. The two engaged in a terse dialogue in the dugout before Pham departed for treatment. The entire scene, including the collision and its aftermath, can be seen in the below video.
Padres manager Jayce Tingler attempted to smooth things over concerning the confrontation between Pham and Dickerson after the game.
“Let me be clear on this, we have a passionate group,” Tingler said, per ESPN. “And passion is a good thing. At times, things are going to get heated. Passion is a good thing. Competitiveness is a good thing. We’ll move on and become closer because of it.”
Tingler went on to attribute the miscommunication between Pham and Kim on a “language barrier” and the noise from the Wrigley crowd.
“It was the perfect storm,” Tingler said. “A little bit of a language barrier and no matter how many times you practice it, [was] a packed house. Incredibly loud. Both guys got their bell rung.”
It remains to be seen how the frightening collision will impact the two ballplayers’ availability in the short term. Perhaps just as important, though, is how the Padres have some in-house issues to address involving the Pham-Dickerson situation.