Baseball is in full swing throughout the country, but with the Padres holding a tie for the worst record in the majors and a 1-5 record at home, the only real action that has taken place at Petco Park this season, is the altercation between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 11th. For those of you who are not baseball fans, here is basically what happened on the field during the game and off the field after the game.
The fireworks began in the bottom of the sixth inning when Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin was up to bat against the Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke. The Dodgers were leading 2-1 and Quentin had a 3-2 count against him however the pitch from Greinke traveled up and in and struck Quentin on the left shoulder. Quentin who has a past history with Greinke obviously thought that he was hit intentionally and shot a glare towards the mound. Greinke proceeded to yell something to Quentin and that’s when he threw his bat down, sprinted towards the mound, lowered his shoulder and hit Greinke at full speed. It was later discovered that Greinke had broken his left collarbone due to the melee and will be out for 8 weeks. After the game as the players were heading to the parking lot and team bus, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp confronted Quentin and subsequently had to be separated by players and law enforcement.
After speaking with various people on the topic there seems to be a divided line on where people’s opinion stands. Some place blame on Quentin for charging the mound and others say that in that situation it’s clear that Greinke was not trying to hit Quentin and the pitch just got away. My opinion is that Greinke did not mean to hit Quentin with the pitch. Quentin has been hit by a pitch 116 times in his career and has been in the top 5 of that category in the past 4 years. However when Quentin got hit by the pitch he thought about charging the mound since he has been hit by Greinke twice in the past but was most likely just going to take his base. TV replays show that Greinke said something to Quentin when they were staring at each other and that is what set Quentin off. The unwritten rules of baseball state that when there is an altercation on the field, you show off your man hood as much as possible and don’t back down to anything or anyone. Well in this case, Greinke is paying a steep price for that. He took the 240lb left fielder on head to head and with Greinke only being 195 lbs, its obvious who was going to win that fight.
Carlos Quentin has since been suspended 8 games by Major League Baseball for the altercation with many feeling that this suspension is too short since Greinke will be out for 8 weeks due to Quentin’s actions. In an interview following the game Dodgers Manager, Don Mattingly, stated that Quentin should not be able to play another game until Greinke can pitch again. While I feel that 8 games is a little too short of a suspension, I disagree with Mattingly’s comments. The Padres start a 3 game series in Los Angeles beginning tomorrow and you can definitely count on some retaliation going down at some point in this series. From all accounts this story is not being put in the past just yet.