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Recently, as I’m sure you’ve seen by now, there was a bench-clearing brawl that happened at a major league baseball game. The game was between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.
Let me set the scenario briefly for you. Dodgers’ pitcher Zack Greinke was on the mound when he came a bit inside with a pitch that hit Padres batter Carlos Quentin in the arm. After a stare at the mound, and apparently a few words from Greinke, Quentin rushed toward the mound in a fit of rage and slammed into Greinke. Greinke lowered his shoulder and braced for the impact, which caused him to end up with a fractured collarbone.
Now Greinke is out for some time, and Quentin began his appeal process of an eight-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball. Man, what a price to pay for a moment of rage that made two grown men look like little kids.
All the talk on SportsCenter over the past few days has been about the history between these two. In fact, Quentin has been hit by a pitch over 100 times in his career. Many of the experts claim that his batting stance makes him more prone to this, and some even say that he doesn’t attempt to move out of the way. Either way you look at it, this looks bad on these two and the game of baseball in general as far as I’m concerned.
Whether or not there is a history between these two, like that really matters, should not even come into play. I even heard one analyst say that this is how professional baseball players react to this type of situation. Really, then why is this making all the news lately? In this particular scenario, the game was close and the count was full, so why in the world would a pitcher intentionally hit a batter? From my point of view, this looked like a curve ball that got a little too far inside and hit the batter. Big deal, my bad, take your base. But no - the “history” between these two wouldn’t allow for that. They had to act like a couple of little kids and go after one another.
The brawl would eventually get cleared up but not after a large group of players got ejected from the game. After this incident, the game played out the rest of the way as normally as any other baseball game would have.
As fate, or Major League Baseball scheduling, would have it, these two teams were scheduled to begin another three-game series early this week. Wonder what the reaction would be like for Quentin as he steps into the batter’s box? Well, we never will find out.
Recently, Quentin dropped his appeal on his eight-game suspension, and will miss this entire series with the Dodgers. This enraged the Dodger faithful as they are now saying that Quentin was too afraid to face the Dodgers again after what he did to their pitcher. Maybe they’re right. I wouldn’t want to step into that batter’s box against the Dodgers after that because you know that the next pitch wouldn’t be headed for your arm.