Carlton Fisk Still Irked by Deion Sanders’ Showboating Tendencies, Questions How Much Respect He Had for Baseball


Throughout his career on the gridiron and on the diamond, Deion Sanders was an electric, outspoken individual, which had a tendency to rub some players the wrong way. In fact, even today, Carlton Fisk remembers Sanders as a player who disrespected baseball more than anyone he had ever played against.

Fisk appeared on The Joe Morgan Show to discuss a number of topics, including Sanders, who was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The former Red Sox and White Sox catcher said that Sanders used to saunter up to the plate like he owned the stadium and would draw a dollar sign in the dirt at home plate.

"So he comes up again and draws a dollar sign in the dirt," Fisk said. "And you know what [Sanders] says? He says, 'Hey, man, the days of slavery are over.' I stood up and walked up to him face to face and I said, 'I don't care whether you are black or blue or pink or red. If you don't start playing this game right, I'm going to kick your butt right here.'"

Fisk and Sanders, of course, had a verbal alteraction back in 1990 that resulted in a bench-clearing brawl between the White Sox and Yankees (whom Sanders was playing for at the time). Fisk said he could no longer take Sanders' style and showboating.

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