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White Sox starter Mark Buehrle had plenty to say to Orioles center fielder Felix Pie as he ran off the field following the bottom of the sixth.

Apparently, he was accusing Pie of stealing signs and relaying them to teammates.

Asked about his conversation with Pie, Buehrle told a Chicago Tribune reporter after the game that "I let him know how I felt," without going into specifics. However, several Orioles, who heard the conversation, said Buehrle was warning Pie to quit stealing signs or there would be ramifications for him and his Oriole teammates.

"I don't know what he says," Pie said. "I don't play that game."

Buehrle ran to the mound as soon as the top of the sixth ended and immediately started to chirping at Pie. Corey Patterson and Pie both stopped before heading into the Orioles' dugout and Pie said something back to the lefty, but the incident died down quickly.

Perhaps, the White Sox are just frustrated that they can't get Pie out. The former Chicago Cub is 5-for-7 with a walk in two games this series, and he also has two outfield assists.

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/blog/2010/08/buehrle_and_pie_exchange_words.html

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I've always been of the opinion that the only signs that aren't cool to steal is the catcher's signs to the pitcher when you are in the batters box. And that also goes for looking back to get location from the catcher's glove just before the pitch.

Stealing the signs from the bases and relaying them or stealing the signs from the manager or 3B coach are completely kosher in my book. If the other team is too stupid to come up with a system that can't be easily broken, that's their own fault.

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What is it about Pie that elicits ridiculous reactions? Once it was Mike Scioscia (sp?) doing his best Mel Gibson impersonation after Pie showed some emotion after hitting for the cycle. Another time it was O's fans calling him a drama queen after he squirmed in pain from a legitimate injury that forced him out of action for a long time. Some people have questioned his attitude - even though he seems like the most enthusiastic player on the team. Some people have said he's a poor OFer - even though he's shown legitimately tremendous defensive ability. And now this. There seems to be something about him that makes people look for negatives.

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What is it about Pie that elicits ridiculous reactions? Once it was Mike Scioscia (sp?) doing his best Mel Gibson impersonation after Pie showed some emotion after hitting for the cycle. Another time it was O's fans calling him a drama queen after he squirmed in pain from a legitimate injury that forced him out of action for a long time. Some people have questioned his attitude - even though he seems like the most enthusiastic player on the team. Some people have said he's a poor OFer - even though he's shown legitimately tremendous defensive ability. And now this. There seems to be something about him that makes people look for negatives.

This is true. Even the Baseball Prospectus 2010 annual slung some unwarranted mud in Pie's direction:

". . .he is almost mystically uncharismatic, so uninspiring to his managers that they happily forget he exists."

(You can look it up — it's on page 49.)

I don't get it.

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I think we have the right pitcher tonight for that.;)

We should just start Simon and get it out of the way in the 1st inning. With style.

But seriously, Pie has some quirky mannerisms on the field. It wouldn't be shocking for someone to think he was trying to signal, but I seriously doubt he actually is.

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This is true. Even the Baseball Prospectus 2010 annual slung some unwarranted mud in Pie's direction:

(You can look it up — it's on page 49.)

I don't get it.

He's fun to watch in my opinion. He's into the games. Sometimes his enthusiasm is almost childlike (in the good way). Weird criticism. After 4 years of Greivis Vasquez, I really don't care if other teams hate players I'm rooting for....I've actually grown to love it.

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If a player's figured out your signs and is relaying them to teammates, then guess what? You're not switching up your signs enough and/or they're not complicated enough.

I had previously heard that stealing the catcher's signs to the pitcher is not cool, but if you've figured out signs for the rest of the field, then more power to you.

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What is it about Pie that elicits ridiculous reactions? Once it was Mike Scioscia (sp?) doing his best Mel Gibson impersonation after Pie showed some emotion after hitting for the cycle. Another time it was O's fans calling him a drama queen after he squirmed in pain from a legitimate injury that forced him out of action for a long time. Some people have questioned his attitude - even though he seems like the most enthusiastic player on the team. Some people have said he's a poor OFer - even though he's shown legitimately tremendous defensive ability. And now this. There seems to be something about him that makes people look for negatives.

Don't forget Yankees A.J. Burnette calling Pie 'something' as he rounded the bases last year, drawing the attention of alot of O's in the dugout.

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