Carlos Zambrano and Michael Barrett Fight in Dugout
While it never came to actual punches landing, it was definitely one of the most heated on-field exchanges between teammates that I've ever seen. Zambrano was entering the dugout and pointing to his head, visibly upset. He started yelling and it seemed like he was cussing at Barrett (possibly over the pitches Barrett was calling). Barrett started to point towards the field (most likely at the scoreboard to show Zambrano up) while taking steps towards Zambrano. And as the announcers noted, the frustration completely boiled over when Zambrano pushed Barrett, who kept coming at Carlos. Barrett's back was turned to the camera as he approached Zambrano, so there's no way to tell if Barrett let out some cuss words that might have set Zambrano off.
There was a clear exchange of slaps and pushes, and if the players hadn't been pulled apart, punches could have been thrown (Zambrano's arm definitely looked cocked). At this point I'm still unclear as to what set the two off, but we do know that Zambrano was lit up for five runs on five hits (and one error) in the top of the fifth, and he obviously was not happy about it. The announcers are already noting that this story will take over headlines in the media, and be the subject of many future questions for the players and manager Lou Piniella to answer.
Meanwhile, Koyie Hill has entered the game as the catcher, and Scott Eyre has replaced Carlos Zambrano as the pitcher. Both Lou Piniella and pitching coach Larry Rothschild went into the clubhouse to attend to the matter. We'll have more details for you as they come in. Keep checking in for more updates. And I'll say this, the incident reminded me a lot of Barrett's exchange with A.J. Pierzynksi last year, only difference, these two are teammates, not opponents.
UPDATE: Commenters at Bleed Cubbie Blue think a passed ball and mix up over signs may have set things off (watch out for offensive language)
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