Senseless in San Diego

I watched the Dodgers and Padres last night, and what took place in the sixth inning was frankly stupid. Zack Greinke had no outs and a full count on Carlos Quentin, with the Dodgers leading in a 2-1 game. Quentin gets hit with the 3-2 pitch, turns and takes a step to the mound.

Everyone said Greinke said something to Quentin. If you watch the video, you can see Zack turns his head to the left and says something to himself. He was mad that he had hit Quentin. Then he saw Carlos taking a step to the mound and did say something to him then. And the fight was on.

You have to use just a little bit of common sense when you make a judgment on whether a batter was hit on purpose. No one is going to hit a guy with a one-run lead and no one out in the sixth.

Good hitters don’t give at the plate. Carlos doesn’t give. He got hit earlier in the series, but he got himself hit, because he is a dive hitter. The only defense for a pitcher is to pitch dive hitters in. If big league hitters don’t have to think about anything but hitting, they are going to hit.

If umpires take that away from pitchers, then someone is going to get killed. I got hit in the head with a 102 MPH line drive. I didn’t have a helmet on. Last year Brandon McArthur got a fractured skull from being hit in the head.

People think I’m being one-sided on this. I’m not. I can’t stand pitchers who hit a batter because that batter hit a home run off him. If you hit a guy because you, as a pitcher, made a mistake, then you are ignorant and you should be heavily fined and suspended.

Vincente Padilla gave up a home run to Kurt Suzuki in Oakland a few years ago, and Padilla hit the next guy. Padilla was playing for the Rangers at the time. Michael Young came up for the Rangers the next inning and knew he was getting hit. It took two or three pitches for Young to finally get hit. The Rangers released Padilla after that.

As a player, you know if a guy was hit on purpose or if it got away from the pitcher. Watch the catcher. If he jumps right up and gets in front of the hitter, that hitter was hit on purpose. There is only one reason for a pitcher to intentionally hit a batter: to protect his players from being hit. In my opinion, if you hit a batter because he hit a home run off you, you are showing that hitter that you can’t get him out!

Last night never should have happened. Quentin claims there is a history between them. Well there is a history between Carlos and 113 other guys. What started the brawl was the fact that Carlos took steps to the mound immediately after being hit. Zack said something to himself, then said something to Carlos and Carlos charged. Now the Padres are going to be without Quentin due to suspension, and the Dodgers are going to be without Greinke for a couple of months. All because a guy got hit in the arm. Senseless!

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I’m sure you know his name but you called McCarthy, “McArthur”. that aside, it was absolutely senseless what went down last night.

Thanks Mitch for calling out this ridiculousness situation. This is just bad for baseball! What about those kids sitting and watching from the stands. If I charged at someone on the streets I would be arrested for assault. Why is this kind of behavior allowed in MLB. I think anyone who charges at another player should be brought up on charges. A lonely night in jail will cool come tempers for sure. Thanks for your insight brother!

“cool some tempers”

Can I provide you with some food for thought, Mitch? I’m sure you’d agree that body language in sports speaks volumes. What I know about Greinke’s body language is this: over the course of his career, his performance is equal to his body language. When he’s cruising, he knows it and shows it. He displayed this in San Diego. He also has shown to be a wimpy pitcher when not on top or pitching poorly. His wimpy demeanor is is neutral setting. Being a natural wimp with a brain, I say he hit Quentin on purpose under the cover of the game situation: no out, no on, and a full count. Knowing full well that the situation would be his defense and that his superior body language that evening foretells his self belief that the lowly Padres wouldn’t be able to cash in a runner from 3rd with no outs, let alone a runner on first. He knew he was rolling and the Padres reached their 2 run quota. My 2 cents.

Before it happens, let me make a couple predictions: the Astros take at least two of three from the Angels and Scioscia finally gets the boot. Let’s face it….he’s lost the team and they’ve quit on him. Ownership reaches out to LaRussa, but he turns them down. Ozzie Guillen should be considered but won’t be. Same for Joey Cora. Here’s what I’d like to see: Darin Erstad gets the job for a cool $1 million a year with a $10 million bonus for a WS Championship; $5 million for AL Championship. Or, John Kruk gets the job and Wild Thing is pitching coach.

Dodgers/Padres (the sequel): 1st inning Monday fireworks. This is far from over. Wouldn’t be surprised if Mattingly tells a b-side bullpen addition to earn his bones by plunking Padres until he’s ejected.

Greinke threw a 2-seamer, which of course breaks at the last moment into a RHH. He knew that Quentin would get hit by that pitch.

He didn’t want to nibble and made sure Quentin earned his walk. The last thing Greinke wanted to do was throw him a meatball.

He threw this without the knowledge of the catcher, who framed for low and away.

Greinke is a liar, but what do we expect him to say?

This was an irresponsible and selfish act by Greinke, and he dragged his whole team and fan base down with him.

The guy’s a headcase. Just ask the KC fans.

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