In the bottom of the sixth inning in Thursday's Dodgers-Padres game, Los Angeles starter Zack Greinke hit San Diego left fielder Carlos Quentin in the left arm. Quentin rushed the mound to tussle with Greinke, and both benches cleared in our first brawl of the young 2013 season. Both bullpens also emptied and poured onto the field to join the fray. Greinke appeared to hurt his shoulder during the scuffle, and after the game, it was announced that Quentin's tackle had indeed broken Greinke's left collarbone, with both the severity of the injury and the timetable for his return unknown for the time being.
All was then calmed by the umpiring crew and Quentin and Greinke both left the field...only for everything to boil over once again. Jerry Hairston, Jr. sprinted out of the Dodgers dugout towards the Padres dugout, and the benches cleared and bullpens emptied once again. Matt Kemp's temper hit a boiling part after having a pitch thrown over his head earlier in the game.
Vin Scully also had one of the most classic lines of his life, by saying "it's fertilizer", to describe Kemp's quotes while calling out the Padres. Things calmed down for a second time as the umpires conferenced, and they finalized the four ejections: Greinke, Quentin, Kemp, and Hairston, and play got back underway.
The first basebrawl of the year always puts a hop in your step, doesn't it?
UPDATE: There are now reports coming out of San Diego that Kemp and Quentin were involved in ANOTHER altercation after the game...this time in the parking lot at Petco Park. Quentin and Kemp came face to face in the hallways of the stadium, which in turn led to the two of them heading toward the parking lot to escalate it even further. Players spilled out of both locker rooms and into the parking lot to break things up.
Looks like Bud Selig is going to be extra busy this weekend.
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So there is a "history" in Quentin's addled mind. He likes getting hit. Does he have a "history" with everyone that hit him?
You saw what Kemp did when they threw over his head...got back in the batter's box. Q turned immediately and started walking to the mound. Greinke said what he said when a guy is walking toward the mound. Nothing wrong there. This is on Quentin. Maybe it's because he plays for an organization that really doesn't care. For a Stanford guy, what he did is pretty lame.
@CParks Don't know much about anything, do you. The guy gets hit by a 3-2 pitch in a 1-run game and thinks he got thrown at. Then he rushes the mound. Greinke, not being a pu___ says "Come on!". He gets his collarbone broken. He'll deal with it. The Padres mock him for getting hurt, so Kemp and Hairston stand up for their teammate, which is what you do if you are on a team. They call the Padres what they were for mocking Greinke. You don't get that?
I'll be glad to explain life to you at some point. If you can handle it.
@williedavis3 LOL! Did you know that Greinke, & Quentin have "history". As in Greinke has hit Quentin 3 times in the past? What made Quentin charge the mound, was Greinke's big mouth. Even some Dodgers fans on another site, said he should have kept his mouth shut. I heard that Quentin said, you did that on purpose, & Greinke laughed & said he did. Yes, he will deal with being out for two months or more, & so will the Dodgers whose team will now be hurt by this. Talk about a stupid thing to do. Your not paid that kind of money to talk shit, & then get hurt.
If the National League would adopt the 40 year old DH rule, pitchers would not have to fear getting hit at bat. But that may give them false security and throw more beanballs. It doesn't seem to be the case in the AL.
It was a baseball fight. They happen. I don't think it reflects a lack of class on either organization. Individually, a couple of people showed their asses, though. Most notable was Matt Kemp. If he had shut up and gone back to his position there wouldn't have been a part II of the fracas. And Jerry Hairston, Jr. had no business coming out of the dugout to help instigate the second act.
@TonyStanley I agree, except you have to stay professional, or you end up with your 147 Million $$ Pitcher with a broken collarbone. They said Greinke said something to Quentin after hitting him. He should have said nothing. The whole thing was a mess. I'm a S.F. Giants fan, but I will be watching Monday when San Diego goes to LA.
Why doesn't the MLB make a rule against bullpen pitchers and catchers leaving the bullpens during a fight. It is senseless and could cause some injuries. Suspensions could be mandatory and staggered immediately with no appeals allowed. It is black and white.
How Stupid. The Dodgers with Kemp acting like a fool, & Greinke now with a broken collarbone. Then Kemp fighting again in the parking lot with Quentin. The Dodgers are really acting so low class.
Carol, clearly you have a biased opinion. They all acted like fools, not just the Dodgers. You charge a man, you will get a response. I guess you think the Padres have class then. Whatever.
@Micaela318 I'm a S.F. Giants Fan. The reason I said what I did was because after hitting the Padre guy, Greinke opened his big mouth & said something so Quentin lost it & charged him. Greinke should have kept his mouth shut. Then Kemp made t so much worse, and even after being thrown out starts a fight in the parking lot. Come on, where's the professionalism? This isn't High School.
@CarolParks No... both teams lost class....BUTTT....The Padres are acting like low class as always. San Diego doesn't deserve a baseball team. They have the lowest fan turnout in the history of MLB at their games. I cant wait till the Chargers and Padres move to LA!.... LMFAO!
@awfulannouncing - what a bunch of pussies! It'll never end until the commissioner makes a stand and suspend them all for 10 games.
@JaymesL sounds like he injured himself doing it.