In a major league clubhouse, as opposed to say, a U.S. courthouse, no one is obligated to tell the truth. Butler gleefully took Montgomery’s remark out of context, circling a table in the middle of the room, all but shrieking Hamels’ name repeatedly as Montgomery sat in silence.
"Monty says he’s Cole Hamels!" Butler cried as first base coach Doug Sisson approached.
"I don’t know how to respond," Sisson replied, deadpan.
"Ain’t played a day in the big leagues yet, and he has the best changeup in the game!" Butler yelped.
Later, at his locker, Montgomery tried to put the pieces together.
"One time I said, ‘It would be nice to have a changeup like that.’ It turned into, ‘My stuff is better than his.’ How it turned into that, I don’t know," Montgomery said.
"As soon as Dyson said something to Billy, Billy runs with it. Dyson will go with it all day. I think he’s mad that I struck him out in spring training."