Raging Mad at HBPs
There's not surefire policy for teams to follow when one of their stars gets drilled by an inside pitch. Last fall in the NLCS, the Dodgers backed away when Manny Ramirez was drilled by the Phillies. When Ramirez was hit by Brewers reliever Chris Smith on Tuesday night, L.A. wasn't about to sit idly by. In the ninth inning, Dodgers reliever Guillermo Mota drilled Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder with an inside pitch that was only ever headed one place: Fielder's thigh. Mota was immediately ejected, and Fielder (at least in the moment) appeared to be little more than slightly bemused.
Evidently that changed dramatically after the game. According to reports from the L.A. Times and other sources, Fielder charged the tunnel to the Dodgers' locker room after Los Angeles' 17-4 rout of Milwaukee. He never made it to the actual locker room (or, thankfully, to Mota), but he had to be held back by multiple teammates and security guards to keep him from it.
There was little doubt that Fielder was plunked in retaliation, and if there ever was any doubt, it was dispelled by catcher Russell Martin, who admitted his team had thrown at Fielder after the win.
"It's protection," Martin said. "It's just about keeping the team unified and pulling the wagons together."
That the Dodgers threw at Milwaukee after Ramirez was hit isn't a shock, but Fielder's postgame reaction is surprising, or even shocking. Retaliatory plunkings are a part of baseball, albeit it a contentious and dangerous part.
All of this is to set up a question: Who's really at fault here? Mota, for throwing at Fielder? Dodgers Manager Torre, for keeping his starters in a game that was clearly out of control? Fielder for overreacting?
August 5, 2009; 12:43 PM ET
Categories: Brewers , Dodgers | Tags: Brewers, Dodgers, Manny Ramirez, Prince Fielder
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