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White Sox OF Tommy Pham has nice words for Brewers’ William Contreras

Tommy Pham has been one of the few bright spots in the Chicago White Sox lineup this season, but even he reached his boiling point on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Pham was on third base with one out in the top of the eighth inning and the White Sox trailed 4-3. Corey Julks flied out to left for the second out, giving Pham a chance to score the tying run on a sacrifice fly.

However, Christian Yelich’s throw reached catcher William Contreras in plenty of time, and Pham was doubled at the plate.

Pham turned to head back to the White Sox dugout as Contreras stood back and said something that confused Pham. Both the umpires and White Sox coaches had to restrain Pham, and he had to be talked down before entering the outfield for the defensive half of the inning.

The Brewers went on to win 6-3 and hand the White Sox their eleventh loss in a row. Pham finished the afternoon 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk.

Pham shared his take on the play at the plate during an expletive-ridden postgame press conference, expressing his frustration with both Contreras and his own third base coach, Eddie Rodriguez.

“One-run ballgame, close play at the plate – actually it wasn’t even f**king close,” Pham said. “It’s a shallow fly ball in left field, you would expect the left fielder to throw out the runner on that play. But in the situation of the game the third base coach sends you: you have to go. I’m getting nailed at home by a Mile , I go to the dugout and I hear a tough guy with all the hurray s**t, you know? So I’ll never start anything, but I’ll be willing to finish it I do all kinds of fighting in the offseason because I’m willing to kick someone’s ass, so take it as it is.

The 36-year-old slugger is trained in Muay Thai, kung fu and boxing.

Pham is an 11-year MLB veteran, having spent his first five seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. From there he bounced around to the Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks before landing with the White Sox.

Because he didn’t sign with Chicago until April 15, Pham didn’t make his White Sox debut until April 26.

Pham hit .327 with an .821 OPS in his first 27 games in Chicago. However, over his last six games, he is hitting .080 with nine strikeouts and a .228 OPS.

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