Boy, oh boy, the 2013 baseball season is kicking into high gear! Over the past two days I have seen:
1) The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers get into a bench-clearing brawl
2) The New York Yankees turn a triple play
3) Jose Reyes mess-up his ankle on a short slide into 2nd base
4) A Kansas City ball boy narrowly miss getting mowed down after attempting to catch a foul ball that was easily catchable for Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis
I enjoyed the whole Padres-Dodgers brouhaha.
Padres slugger Carlos Quentin rushed the mound and wrestled Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke to the ground after getting hit by a pitch Thursday night, leading to a benches-clearing brawl between the teams that left Greinke with a broken left collarbone.
The Dodgers signed Greinke to a $147 million, 6-year contract during the off season. He could now miss up to 2 months with the broken collarbone.
As for Carlos Quentin, he's known to crowd the plate. Quentin led the majors in hit by pitches in both 2011 (23) and 2012 (17). He's been hit 116 times in his career.
After the teams started clearing the field, Jerry Hairston Jr. came running across the field yelling and pointing at someone in the San Diego dugout and had to be restrained. The player was later identified as Padres reserve John Baker.
"Obviously Zack was hurt and one guy over there was chirping, making fun of him. I asked him to meet me halfway. He didn't" said Hairston.
After the game, Matt Kemp confronted Quentin as the two players were leaving Petco Park. Kemp walked up to Quentin near the players' exit, and the two went nose-to-nose. Padres pitcher Clayton Richard separated them, and security and police quickly broke it up.
Carlos Quentin received an 8-game suspension and is appealing.
Jerry Hairston received a 1-game suspension and is also appealing.
Quentin shouldn't have charged the mound. It was a 3-2 count and there was no intent on the pitch.
The Dodgers won the game 3-2. The two teams face off for a 3-game series beginning Monday.
The St. Louis Cardinals are using these baseballs to honour Stan 'The Man' Musial...
I NEED to go see this...