OAKLAND -- One of the more bizarre subplots to the A's 18-inning victory over the New York Yankees Thursday was Robinson Cano and how upset he was at the end of the 13th inning.
The Yankees second baseman was stranded at second base when Vernon Wells struck out against Jesse Chavez to end the inning and Cano became demonstrative and started yelling and pointing at the A's dugout. At first, it appeared as though Cano was upset at Chavez, presumably for a celebratory fist pump.
Instead, A's catcher Derek Norris was the object of Cano's ire.
"From my perspective it looked like he was tipping signs to the hitters from second base," Norris told CSNCalifornia.com on Friday. "So when I went out to the mound (during a visit), I just told (Cano) to stop doing it. I didn't swear or curse or call him any names, I just asked him not to do it and he kind of looked at me funny.
"So then we switched the signs and when we went off the field I just kind of glanced at him and he started saying something so I just went my way. I don't know why he thought it was such a big deal. I just asked him, you know, not to do it. And before I know it, he's all upset."
Cano made such a scene that A's manager Bob Melvin went out to ask home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor about it.
"Maybe he didn't understand what I said," Norris said. "Maybe he thought I said something different. I don't know. But it definitely got turned into a bigger deal than I would have thought before going into it. That's all I've got to say about that."
Said Melvin: "It was just boys being boys. You get that a lot. Someone thinks you're tipping pitches, and you get emotional about it. It's not the first time it's happened, it won't be the last. To me, it wasn't a big deal."