Re: Brawl in MD
Posted by DK on June 10, 2019, 1:50 pm, in reply to "Re: Brawl in MD"
I was in Left field. The 2 people on commentary saw what they wanted to see but were way off base from the truth. The throw from Right field short hopped Tommy and got away - the ball trickled past the baserunner towards me but stayed in the dirt. This is also why you see our SS running towards the bag but stopping and starting to bend over to grab it, but stopped when the runner freaked out. From my view, the slide was aggressive but not dirty. Tommy's immediate instinct was to get the ball since there was a runner on 3rd to keep him from scoring, but the base runner on 2nd was in his way so he was obstructed and his forward progression caused contact. The runner grabbed Tommy's leg and bear hugged it, which is where I believe was the make or break point of causing the escalation. If the runner didn't grab Tommy, this wouldn't have been an incident at all. |
I don't know anything about the baserunner in question so I won't speak negative of him, but Tommy is a super positive, stand up guy who isn't looking for trouble. If the runner didn't think he did anything wrong and Tommy started to run into him, his first thought should have been to wonder why Tommy was trying to move through his path and analyze the situation. He saw the throw coming, he knew it was a close play, common sense says the play isn't over, the ball might be loose.
When I ran in immediately, I was facing the baserunner being held by a teammate. I told him "Tommy was going for the ball, what were you thinking dude" and he just gave me one of those 'I don't know' looks. Since the runner reacted immediately with such aggression, I have to assume either (1) he's a "fight first ask questions later" mentality kind of guy, or (2) he knew he was in the wrong, possibly because of the slide, and if Tommy was potentially starting to retaliate he naturally reacted to fight Tommy back, or (3) he was trying to stir the pot in the game and get his team fired up by causing a ruckus.