There was a big time brawl between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was a normal Major League Baseball fight where both benches cleared but no one really did anything aggressive. Then Ian Kennedy tried to take Zack Greinke’s head off and another brawl started. This one was not normal. It was a big one with lots of problems, pushing and shoving. After the festivities ended there were several fines handed down by MLB to both teams. Kennedy’s suspension is the biggest and the most deserved.
To understand why Kennedy deserved such a large suspension you have to understand the way things happened. The first blow came when Dodger rookie Yasiel Puig had his nose trimmed back by an up and in pitch thrown by Kennedy. As is often the case a few innings later Greinke retaliated for the Dodgers. Greinke, to his credit threw a lobbed up ball about half way up the guy’s back that was fairly easy to avoid or at least not get hurt by.
Well the benches cleared and the warnings were given to both teams and managers. However ugly that might have been, that is exactly how it supposed to be handled. One team hit a guy, the other team retaliated in a non-lethal manner. It was over. And then, it wasn’t.
I’m not sure why the Diamondbacks or Kennedy himself, depending on where the order to bean Greinke came from, thought they should throw a fastball at the Dodger pitcher’s head. It was a textbook situation up until that point and Kennedy not only started it again but did so by hitting the opposing pitcher in the head. Luckily Greinke’s helmet took most of the blow.
From that point everyone went nuts on the Dodgers bench and frankly it is hard to blame them. Kennedy and/or the manager took it upon themselves to restart something that was over. The pitch from Greinke that was retaliation in no way deserved a head shot from Kennedy. It was in bad taste and dangerous. He deserves everything MLB gave him and I hope he doesn’t even appeal it. Maybe next time he will at least not aim at two player’s heads in the same game. That is inexcusable from any pitcher, much less one of Kennedy’s caliber.