Fried

Hey everyone.  I’m back from my unexpected leave of absence.  Now, when someone takes a leave of absence from whatever, there are usually some pretty good reasons for taking a break.  Sometimes work or other activities get in the way and their schedules are too cramped up for whatever they are taking a break from.  Now, my excuse… a fried computer.  My computer basically exploded and we had to get a new one.  My parents took like a week to get it too so I was unable to keep up with anything I did daily on the internet.  I couldn’t keep up with this blog.  Now with my fantasy teams.  Nothing.  But now I’m back and I’m ready to discuss what was probably the craziest moment from this week.  And we all know I’m all about the crazy.

               

The Red Sox and Tigers opened up a four game series on Monday night, the day that my computer fried.  So, it was set to be a good one.  The Sox had just been swept by the Yankees, much to my liking, and the Tigers are still in the race for the top spot in the AL Central.  You wouldn’t really expect fireworks in an out of division game like this.  But of course, it’s the Red Sox and they have had their fair share of fights, in division and out.

Now, this was the most recent brawl that the Red Sox were involved in.  This one was between the Sox and Rays, or should I say, Coco Crisp and James Shields.  Shields threw a fastball that clunked Coco in the right thigh.  After the pitch, it seemed as though Coco was just going to go down to first but then all of a sudden he charged the mound, ready to get it on.  Shields threw a punch and wiffed as Coco dodged it and caught Shields in the back of the head as other Rays’ players came over to defend Shields and take Coco off him.  Then the benches cleared and you know the rest.  This is the memorable pic from that fight.

Now, how can you forget the Red Sox Yankees brawls from the past.  Here’s the most famous one in which A-Rod and Varitek went at it after Rodriguez was hit by a pitch.  A-Rod and Varitek exchanged words as Rodriguez was walking down to first.  Then, with a gesture of his hands, A-Rod taunted Varitek who then threw his glove into Rodriguez’s face and it was on.  Here’s that famous pic.

Then there was the other famous fight in which Pedro Martinez threw Don Zimmer to the ground.  That was really a crazy one.  I remember watching it with my dad and I was like, whoa, I can’t believe Pedro did that to an old man like Zimmer.  Here’s that pic.

Just face it world.  The Red Sox are fight prone.  They have been involved in some of the most memorable fights in recent history.  They have all been caused by pitchers throwing at batters.  They have all been between in division rivalries.  And they have all been crazy adventures to watch.  Just get over it Red Sox Nation.  Your team is a fighting team.  Now, that’s not totally a bad thing.  I mean if you get thrown at then you should be angry.  But charging the mound and throwing punches shouldn’t be how it ends.

When Kevin Youkilis was hit by a pitch from Rick Porcello, Youk was fired up.  He had reason to be.  Only one batter earlier had Porcello thrown at Victor Martinez.  But the pitch missed Martinez inside and Martinez himself was a little fired up.  He didn’t charge the mound though.  When the next batter Youkilis got hit, he knew he had been thrown at.  He charged the mound and him and Porcello tumbled to the ground as the rest of the two teams charged out from the dugouts and their positions in the field.  It was crazy.  Here’s that memorable pic.

Youkilis was FRIED with a five game suspension.  Porcello, a five gamer as well.  It was indeed a crazy fight and the sparks were once again started by a pitcher throwing at a batter.

Now, here’s a fun fact.  The four brawls that I mentioned in this post all took place at Fenway Park.  Intersting.  Maybe the Red Sox just like getting the fans behind them by getting in a brawl.  I don’t know but it’s a thought.

Until next time…

-Dillon

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11 comments

  1. juliasrants

    Or maybe our batters don’t like getting hit so much. You left an important detail out of your summary of the Red Sox-Tigers game – the night before the fight Youk was hit intentionally also. AND everyone knew that if Youk was hit intentionally again he was going to charge. The umps are the ones who lost control of the game – they should have warned both benches before the game, but they didn’t.

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

  2. Fenway Bleacher Creature

    I think Julia is right. You didn’t get the entire picture on this story. It is true we have had our fair share of fights and I am sure players do like having the fans behind them, but there is usually some sort of backstory to the issue.
    Good to see you back Dillon!

    http://the3rs.mlblogs.com/

  3. matttan7

    Your computer exploded? Yikes, that’s scary. Good thing you got yourself a new one. Anyways those Red Sox brawl moments, the 2003 incident with Pedro Martinez and Don Zimmer is probably the most infamous one of them all.

    Matthew Tang
    http://matt7.mlblogs.com/

  4. heartruss

    Dillon, great pics. I think that these fights make baseball seem like hockey. Haha. The other night Andre was hit by the pitcher in retribution for someone else getting hit. I suppose it’s a compliment since you try to hit the best batter. You figure that Andre would have gotten on base anyway. Alll Andre did was give the pitcher a dirty look and go to first. I think everyone gets excited when the benches clear but no one wants anyone to get hurt. Getting hit is part of the game, right or wrong. I just recently understood what all of this meant.
    http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

  5. justintime35

    Curtis Granderson is my favorite player too. Go look on my blog ballpark roundup, I talk about why he is my favorite player.

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