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Prince Charming 08/06/2009

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What was THAT?

Tuesday night, the LA Dodgers were kicking the stuffing out of the Milwaukee Brewers in Los Angeles.  With LA leading

Fielder outside the Dodgers Club House

Fielder outside the Dodgers Club House

 12-3 in the bottom of the 7th, Dodger Manny Rameriz was hit (?) by the Brewers Chris Smith.  The brush back pitch was close, but did it even actually hit him?  Certainly, if it was intentional, it was a poor attempt at a  bean ball.  Manny trots down to first.  

The Dodgers decide they need to retaliate, so with 2 out in the

The Cubs and Sox know how to do it

The Cubs and Sox know how to do it

top of the 9th of a now 17-4 Dodger lead, LA pitcher Guillermo Mota plunks Brewer Prince Fielder.  Fielder glares at Mota, then takes first.   Fielder is still on first as the game ends.  He glares at the Dodger dugout waiting, apparently, for Mota to come out.  Mota and Fielder were team mates last season in Milwaukee, and Fielder, apparently, wants to renew an old acquaintance.  He goes into the Milwaukee dugout, through the visitors club house, out to the tunnel, down to the Dodgers clubhouse and ‘tries’ to get in.  He apparently is not happy with his former team mate because he shouts 20 or so choice words at the security guards outside the Dodgers clubhouse door and is led back by team mates to the Brewer club house.  (See the video here: http://www.cbs2.com/video/?id=110744@kcbs.dayport.com)

Now, you will hear about how Fielder ‘stormed’ the Dodgers club house, and how he had to be restrained by

Derrek Lee takes exception to the bean ball from Chris Young

Derrek Lee takes exception to the bean ball from Chris Young

teammates.  But the truth is, as he reaches the doors, the only people there are one very surprised security guard, and his team mate Ryan Braun.  Fielder stops, not even an attempt to push the guard aside.  It is only after a few more team mates arrive that he becomes more physical.  The classic ‘hold me back, hold me back’ moment.  What the heck was that, anyway?

In baseball, pitching inside,  hitting batters and retaliation is a part of the game.  If you have a problem with that, the time to take care of it is right then, at the time, on the field.  I do not condone rushing the mound,  but Fielder did not even make a move towards the mound.  If you have a problem, take care of it on the field.  Fielder chose, instead, to ‘rush’ a closed door and lob a few f  bombs.  Now THAT’S standing up for your self!

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Baseball’s Good, Bad and Ugly 04/13/2009

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It was an eventful first weekend in Major League Baseball. 

 

The Good.  Chicago Cubs vs Milwaukee Brewers. 

Cubs Reed Johnson robs Fielder of a grand slam

Cubs Reed Johnson robs Fielder of a grand slam

 

With the Cubs leading 6-2 in the bottom of the fith inning Cubs replacement outfielder Reed Johnson robs Prince Fielder by reaching over the wall and bringing back a grand slam home run.  Fielder is credited with a sacrifice fly and an rbi instead of a grand slam homerun and 4 rbi.  Even Fielder tips his cap to Johnson as he returns to the dugout.  The Cubs go on to win the game.  (Watch the clip:  http://mlb.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20090412&content_id=4245924&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb )

The Bad.  Los Angeles Dodgers vs Manny Rameriz?

 

Los Angeles outfielder Manny Rameriz answers a question and ignites a firestorm among Dodgers fans.  You remember Manny.  He held out for a larger contract from the Dodgers, didn’t receive it or any offers from other teams as a free

Will Manny wave bye-bye to LA after the season?

Will Manny wave bye-bye to LA after the season?

 agent and ultimately signed a one year contract (with a one year option, HIS option) for the puny sum of  20 million dollars.    The Question.  Does Manny want to return to Cleveland?  Manny broke into the majors with the Cleveland Indians where he was a teammate of  current White Sox slugger Jim Thome.  Apparently Manny and Thome had discussions during the spring about reuniting in Cleveland.  Both are potential free agents at the end of the season.  The answer?  It would be nice to go home.  The problem?  This q & a took place on the eve of the Dodgers home opener.  Dodger Nation is on fire.  When Manny became unhappy in Boston, he quit on the Red Sox.  That’s how the Dodgers acquired him in the first place.  Is he now unhappy in LA?  Will he quit on the Dodgers?  Manny being Manny?

 

 

 

 The  Ugly.  Boston Red Sox vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

 

 (No, the ugly here is not the Angels name, though it could be!)  It’s the bottom of the first, and the Angels Bobby Abreu

Both benches empty after brush back pitch in Red Sox - Angels Game Sunday

Both benches empty after brush back pitch in Red Sox - Angels Game Sunday

is at bat.  He asks for time and is granted it by the home plate umpire.  As the umpire stnds up and moves out from behind the  catcher, Abreu steps back.  Boston Pitcher Josh Beckett throws the pitch anyway, and buzzes Abreu about the head.  This is no acident, but a message.  Both benches clear.   Second base umpire and crew chief Joe West says there was no attempt to throw at Abreu.  No attempt??  Who is he kidding?  The pitch was thrown well after time was called, and was at Abreu when he was almost out of the batters box.  High School pitchers have better control than that.  It was a message.  Plain and simple.  And when MLB reviews the tape, there will be a suspension for Beckett.  Oh yes, and Anaheim won the game.  There will be further fireworks when thest teams play again later in the season.  (See the incident.  click here:  http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=4118833)