Dodgers-Padres Brawl Leaves Pitcher Zack Greinke with a Broken Collarbone (Video)
Last night the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers gave us the first bench-clearing brawl of the 2013 Major League Baseball season, and it wasn’t one of those half-hearted brawls like the one we saw from the Cubs and Nationals last September. This one left a $147,000,000 pitcher with a broken collarbone, and it almost resumed in the parking lot outside Petco Field after the game.
With the Dodgers up 2-1 in the bottom of the 6th, Zack Greinke hit Carlos Quentin in the upper arm on a 3-2 pitch. Any other Major Leaguer would have realized that the pitch wasn’t intentional. Even if a pitcher really wants to hit a guy, he’s simply not going to put a runner on base late in a close game. That’s just not how it works.
However, Carlos Quentin—who has led the MLB in getting plunked the last two seasons—is a little delusional. Greinke had hit him with pitches twice before…over two years ago, when they both played in the AL Central with the Royals and White Sox, respectively. So apparently he felt Greinke still had it out for him, and he charged the mound.
Take a look:
The completely unnecessary skirmish left Greinke, who is making $19 million this season and is crucial to the Dodgers’ pennant hopes, with a broken collarbone. He’ll be out indefinitely.
As you would expect, this left the Dodgers absolutely livid, and Matt Kemp in particular. He got ejected for his role in the brawl, and after the game he went and found Carlos Quentin in the parking lot outside Petco Park. The two ended up nose-to-nose briefly before being separated by Padres catcher Clayton Richard and, eventually, police and stadium security.
Can you really blame Kemp? I’d be furious, too, if my team’s playoff hopes took a hit just because some idiot can’t remember the score of the game.
Hat Tip – [USA Today]