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Rockies, Padres Brawl

Two class organizations. But two class organizations that will go and will protect their own.

April 12, 2018 - 11:37 am

There was a brawl in baseball yesterday. Yes, you heard me. And most of the time when people use the term “brawl” in baseball, it is in the loosest sense possible. The truth is, most baseball fights aren’t baseball fights. They’re just a bunch of guys jawing at each other and taking turns holding each other back. No one really wants to go. And it’s usually really nowhere near a brawl. Just dudes get off the bench because it’s the worst look ever if they don’t, and mean-mugging like they want to go. When you know they really don’t. 

BUT THE ROCKIES AND PADRES DID WANT TO GO. NOW THAT WAS A BRAWL. A legitimate brawl. And like most baseball fights, it didn’t actually start the moment that it started, but actually the night before. And actually might go back even further because we’re averaging nearly a hit batter per game when these teams face each other this year. But they both went next level with it yesterday. 

That was when Rockies reliever Scott Oberg drilled Padres outfielder Manuel Margot in the ribs. 

That dot job sent Margot to the DL. And then the Padres sent a message to the Rockies. Colorado shortstop Trevor Story was hit in the first inning. The Rockies responded by hitting Hunter Renfroe in the second. The tension was building. You knew this thing was about to come completely off the rails and there was a damn thing the umpires or anybody could do about it and then on the first pitch of the third inning, with Nolan Arenado at the plate, this happened.

The pitch goes behind Arenado and its go time. It's Drowning Pool time.

That is an all-out, bench-clearing, bullpen-emptying, punch-throwing brawl. That wasn’t a bunch of fake tough guys acting a part, those were guys looking for a piece. A serious piece. Dudes looking to suckers the hell out. Starting with Arenado. He wasn’t out there for show. My man was looking to break Luis Perdomo’s face after Perdomo threw behind him. And Arenado wasn’t the only one. 

Padres catcher, AJ Ellis, 37 years old. A veteran of more than 10,000 innings, was out of his crouch like he was shot out of a cannon to chase after Arenado and to protect his pitcher. 

Padres coach Mark McGwire was right in Arenado’s grill trying to calm the slugger down and perhaps reminding him how many times the Rocks had already dotted the Padres. And it’s a good thing he did because Arenado wasn’t playing. 

He was throwing the kind of haymakers that put dudes to sleep if they land. He was not looking for a conversation with Perdomo. He was not looking to talk it over, he was looking to tune him up. Arenado’s a Silver Slugger, a Gold Glover, and from the looks of it, with a little more time in the gym, and a little less time in the batting cages and he could be a Golden Glover, too. 

And afterwards, Arenado was pretty straight up about it: "They thought they had to do something. I thought I had to do something, too. That's kind of why I went out there."

Makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra. I know why he was out there, I just don’t know how he was doing what he did out there. He absolutely stole the show. He came flying in, seemingly on the back of a teammate, looking to throw. An incredible move.  Go check it out.  I’ve watching it on a loop since it happened.  I  think he was green screened in there. Like he was on a stunt-wire that was removed in post-production because that was an incredible move. Just sprinting in, leaping, and getting right in the middle of it.

My man was late to the party, but when he got there, he was the party. And then he was ejected. One of five ejections in all, including: Arenado, Perdomo, Ellis, Rockies pitcher German Marquez, and crouching tiger hidden Parra. 

I’m not here to hype brawls. Someone really could get their face broken. Or lose an eye. You’ve got dudes hurling rocks at each other from 60 feet and then 60 guys in a running brawl, wearing metal spikes, laying the lumber to each other, throwing punches and having no idea what they’re doing or who they’re doing it to. And who knows what other heinous activity goes in the pile. And in a brawl like this, it’s a small miracle nobody was badly hurt.

So is it over? Was that it?  An eye for eye. Now they’re square? Doubt that. Not if you listen to Arenado who when asked that very question said, “I don’t have an answer to that one. We’ll see.” Translation. Get your popcorn ready. Of course this isn’t over.  It never is. And these guys never forget. And in the case of the Padres and Rocks, they’re never going to like each other. Two class organizations. But two class organizations that will go and will protect their own. And they both proved it yesterday. Trust me, that’s not the end of that.