During last nights game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, a memorable little scuffle broke out between the two teams. Fast Forward to the bottom of the sixth inning, where Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke plunked Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin with a pitch. Check out the video below.
First off, I have never seen a “fight” start off like this. Usually when a batter charges a pitcher on the mound, the two exchange some punches or shoves (or in the case of Robin Ventura, a beating). Still the way the fight between Greinke and Quentin unfolds is pretty funny. After Quentin gets hit, he stops for a second and stares at Greinke. In another video of the incident, from a different angle you can see Greinke say something to Quentin. Once Quentin makes up his mind and decides to charge the mound, Greinke slams his glove down, and the two run into each other with their shoulders. Again, it was an odd way of starting off a fight, with two players charging into each other shoulder first. The two get thrown down to the ground and are at the bottom of a huge scrum, but no punches seemed to be thrown, and many players were trying to separate everyone. So basically, this fight was not on the level of the epic Canada vs. Mexico brawl at the World Baseball Classic a month ago.
Bad news has come to both players after the fight. Zack Greinke, who signed a six year, $147 million dollar contract in the offseason, has a broken collarbone. This injury could keep Greinke out for months, a big blow for the Dodgers. Meanwhile, Carlos Quentin is still stuck on a team that seems to be going nowhere, as they have started the season with a putrid 2-7 record. Luckily for both players, there is a lot of baseball season left to turn things around.
After the incident, both teams have blamed the player who is on the opposite team. Don Mattingly, the Dodgers manager, said it was a 3-2 pitch in a 2-1 ballgame, basically saying it would be stupid for Greinke to have hit Quentin on purpose. Greinke agreed, saying it was not the right situation to purposely hit a batter.
Maybe what got Quentin so mad was the fact that last nights hit was the third time Greinke has hit him. According to ESPN, the last time was in 2009, and involved different teams for both of the players. Another ESPN article also points out that in the 86 games Quentin played in last year, he was hit 17 times, which is the most in the league!
Quentin will figure to get suspended for a couple of games. Mattingly however, wants an eye for an eye, stating that Quentin should be suspended for however long Greinke is out with his broken collarbone. Obviously Mattingly won’t be getting his wish, but Bud Selig should give Quentin some form of punishment. I am not blaming either fully, as I look at it as both of their faults. I don’t think Greinke was really trying to hit Quentin on purpose, as putting a hitter on base purposely in that close of a game would be moronic. Dodger fans are saying that if Quentin just walked to first base, nothing would have happened. Padres fans are pointing out that other angles show Greinke saying something to Quentin, which sparked his rage. Regardless, the whole situation was stupid and uncalled for. Now the Dodgers have to deal with not having one of their aces for the foreseeable future, but at least this will make for some entertaining ball games between the two California teams.
Greinke was asked if there is bad blood to this rivalry now, which he replied…
“Now, there probably is”
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp (left) got into it with Carlos Quentin (right, face covered) after the game. Kemp is apparently livid that Quentin broke Greinkes’ collarbone.