Castro's Spray Chart wrote:
"Gibby called a team meeting and then he stood up and reamed me out in front of my teammates," Hillenbrand told The Toronto Star. "I'm very disappointed about what he did and I find it very unprofessional."
Gibbons acknowledged he challenged Hillenbrand to a fight.
"He had a chance yesterday to defend himself in front of his coaches and his teammates. He chose not to," Gibbons said.
Oh my goodness, is there anything more meatbally than challenging a player to a fight and then basically calling him a [expletive] on the record?
I think you missed the whole story.
On July 19, 2006, Hillenbrand criticized the Blue Jays organization for failing to congratulate him on his recent adoption of a baby girl and not playing him upon his return. He was also disgruntled about sharing first base duties with Lyle Overbay and third base duties with Troy Glaus while being made to play as a designated hitter. Hillenbrand refused to sit with his team in the dugout during that night's game. After the game, an argument in the clubhouse took place between Hillenbrand and manager John Gibbons over Hillenbrand allegedly writing defamatory comments about the team on the clubhouse billboard ("This is a sinking ship" and "Play for yourself") after batting practice. This led to a confrontation between Hillenbrand and Gibbons.
He was designated for assignment that same evening, with the club citing irreconcilable differences.
He was out of baseball a year later.