Then Greinke picks up a bat. Greinke may be the Dodgers' second-best hitter next to Puig, and Kennedy goes head hunting.
Now this is where baseball purists and hypocrites unite in how they explain what just happened. The purists will tell you it's up to the players to police the game, these hypocrites then explaining there is no place in baseball for head hunting.
It's assault. Pure and simple, kids. A guy has a ball in his hand, and when he throws at someone he is assaulting their good health. There is nothing to admire in such potential brutality.
A few inches off and a player might spend the night in a hospital or lose his opportunity to make millions if there is further damage.
Do a similar thing outside the ballpark, go vigilante on someone and the cops are called.
Fans love it, and consider it show of toughness. But where is the nobility in pitchers taking turns trying to hit the guy on the swing sitting in a water tank?
Andre Ethier reacted like an athlete should, kids. They hit Puig, and he hit the ball out of the park to help beat them.
Didn't we learn anything watching "West Side Story," always a chance a rumble isn't going to go right?
I didn't know Howell played for the Dodgers and he was draped all over Turner Ward. He's the Diamondbacks' assistant hitting coach and I still don't know why Howell was so steamed at him.
Mark McGwire was in Kirk Gibson's face and then was holding on to Arizona coach Matt Williams.
If McGwire was doing his job as a hitting coach he would have thrown a bear hug around Puig instead of allowing him to get thrown out of the game. And later maybe suspended.
I just wanted a little time listening to Scully.
But if this keeps up and I might have to return to work and start throwing the barbs.