Sure, bench-clearing brawls on baseball diamonds are kind of fun to watch. There is an unmatched feeling of something brewing as opposing pitchers take turns plunking the other team’s guy.
Eventually, someone will have had enough, and what subsequently takes place is the finger-pointing, yelling and grabbing of jerseys, and the eventual converging of the entire team in a mass of angry testosterone on the field.
The Los Angeles Dodgers had a little bad luck the last time they were involved in such a confrontation. Zack Greinke suffered a broken collarbone and was lost for six weeks.
This time, against NL West rival Arizona Diamondbacks, there was an immediate fear of losing new Hollywood sensation Yasiel Puig, as an Ian Kennedy pitch escalated towards his head and grazed him across the nose. Puig is the Dodgers’ reigning new hero, and the blue crew did not take too kindly to the high and inside pitch.
Greinke, oddly enough, got involved again (who would’ve ever thought this about the quiet, boyish looking pitcher?) and retaliated in the top of the following inning by hitting Miguel Montero, in the back. Both teams came out for a sniffing, but returned to their dugouts without incident.
But … something was brewing.
When Greinke stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the inning, he was fed a tower-buzzing shot to the noggin that got Kennedy ejected, and the benches erupted.
These types of brawls can be scary. Fans certainly don’t want to lose a star player to a freak injury during a fight, but they don’t want to show no fight either.The Dodgers, more so as a unit than in the Greinke-inspired brawl against the San Diego Padres in April, showed plenty of fight. They seemed downright angry. Fed-up angry.
It may have had something to do with the blown save the night before, but whatever it was, it appears that the Dodgers are fighting mad and have had enough of being the NL West doormat.