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Re: Brawl in MD
Absolutely no reason for that type of slide. I canít say if the batter intended to hurt the middle infielder, but he without question slid to make aggressive contact and then grabbed the infielder as well. A slide to avoid a tag with intent to get to the bag without making an out could have easily been accomplished with minimal to zero contact with the infielder. The infielder reacted in a manner that any man should when someone takes a cheap shot. From talking to people close to the play the infielder refrained from escalating the situation after his initial reaction to the unnecessary contact.
Iíve competed with and against Tommy for the last 5 or so years... thereís not a better competitor nor are there many that respect the game like he does. Tommy gives proper respect to all involved in the game. Heís a class act!
I think Tommy refraining from doing more as a result of this cheap shot should be the topic of conversation opposed to the current thread. I believe many other infielders in this game would have reacted with a lot less restraint.