During this past offseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke to a six-year, $147 million deal, making the righty one of the highest paid players in baseball. Suddenly, every analyst and their stat boy was pegging the Dodgers to win the NL West, even with the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants in the same division.
After battling injuries throughout spring training, Greinke was finally able to make his Dodger debut on April 5th against the Pirates, throwing 6 1/3 shut-out innings while striking out 6 and allowing just two base hits. Pretty dang good (even though it's the Pirates). He carried that momentum into last night's game, throwing 5 innings of two-run ball against the San Diego Padres. However, with no outs in the bottom of the 6th and a 3-2 count on Padres slugger Carlos Quentin, Greinke lost control and plunked the San Diego outfielder on his left wrist. Quentin took exception and charged the mound, where Greinke met him with a lowered left shoulder. Both benches cleared, and several players were ejected, including Greinke and Quentin.
However, the real underlining story is this: the collision broke Greinke's left collar bone, and the team has yet to say how long before he can pitch again. Here's the video for those who haven't seen it.
Now those fickle-minded analysts are saying LA is done. Big suprise. But should the Dodgers front office be mad? I mean, you don't want your stud pitcher to be a pansy, but you want him to be smart at the same time. As the immortal Crash Davis once said, "when you get in a fight with a drunk you don't hit him with your pitching hand.."
Now, Greinke didn't use his pitching hand (or his pitching shoulder), and I don't think Quentin was drunk (maybe he was, I don't know), but those words could easily translate to "if you're signed to a $147 million dollar contract and you get in a fight with someone 50 pounds heavier than you, don't try and tackle him." That's a Zach Taylor original. Feel free to use it.
Baseball fights have, and always will be, fun to watch, mainly because fighting is not these guys actual profession (Mr. Greinke can attest). However, there have been some pretty good hardball throw-downs in the past. So, in honor of Zack Greinke and Carlos Quentin, here's a compilation of some great baseball fights. Enjoy.
And this one's from 'Major League 2' but it still deserves to be on here, if only because of Bob Uecker and Randy Quaid.
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