Purpose-Pitch Revenge Needs to Stop
Call those rare occasions, if you insist. I'd say it's historical evidence that we're long overdue for another tragedy, especially if the sleepy lords of Major League Baseball continue to poo-poo the potential consequences of purpose-pitch retaliation. Yes, I realize that Milwaukee slugger Prince Fielder was hit on his very beefy leg Tuesday night by Dodgers reliever Guillermo Mota, which came in response to Manny Ramirez being plunked by Brewers reliever Chris Smith. But what made this episode so surreal -- and frightening -- was the sight of the 275-pound Fielder barreling through the underbelly of Dodger Stadium and trying to bust his way into the home clubhouse, where Prince wanted to crown Mota in front of 24 teammates who I'm fairly certain would have turned the scene into bloody-Octagon-meets-Evander Holyfield's ear.