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Major League baseball is going to do a lot of suspending and finger-wagging as a result of the melee that broke out between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks in L.A. last night. But don’t let that fool you—everything that went down is good for the game. Anytime two teams comes to loathe each other, that’s quality entertainment, and this case has particularly compelling storylines.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, the basics: in the bottom of the 6th inning, Arizona pitcher Ian Kenneday plunked L.A.’s Cuban rookie sensation Yasiel Puig…in the nose. It was an accident, of course, but that didn’t really quell the Dodgers’ fury. As manager Don Mattingly put it, “If you can’t pitch inside without hitting someone in the head, you shouldn’t pitch inside.”
Remarkably, Puig would be okay and he even stayed in the game. However, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke still made sure to take revenge on Arizona catcher Miguel Montero in the top of the 7th. And as you would expect, that caused the benches to clear.
As you can clearly see, though, things remained pretty tame after Montero got plunked. What really took the animosity to another level was when Kennedy went and beaned Greinke—in the head—in the bottom of the 7th. Montero apologized to Greinke immediately, trying to assure him that they would never try to hit somebody in the head, and Greinke seemed satisfied with the overture.
The rest of the Los Angeles Dodgers? Not so much. So this time things got ugly.
That is as good a baseball brawl as you’re going to see. And what makes all this vitriol even more entertaining are the personal histories of some of the people involved.
Remember, the Diamondbacks manager is none other than legendary Dodger Kirk Gibson, who hit the most famous home run in the franchise’s history. Meanwhile, the hitting coach for the Dodgers is Mark McGwire, who of course was with the Oakland A’s on the losing end of that famous home run in the 1988 World Series. So when those two got into a heated argument during the brawl? That was some good stuff. Meanwhile, Arizona bench coach Matt Williams, a former San Francisco Giant, is out there trying to keep the two apart.
Add to all this the fact that the Dodgers have been hit hard by injuries and underperformed this year, as well as the fact that they had already been involved in another memorable brawl, and this is just a great baseball story—no matter how many guys end up getting suspended.