Cuban Baseball Fights Are a Bit Different Than Ours
Anyone else wish that Pablo Sandoval would play the role of number 58 in blue the next time he gets hit? We're not actually eager to see anyone get hit with a bat, but the sight of the Panda sprinting after a terrified pitcher would be amusing to no end.
The story behind the fight, which occured in a playoff game between Industriales (in blue) and Sancti Spiritus, comes to us via BaseballDeCuba.com. It seems Industriales catcher Lisvan Correia took offense to getting brushed back and then hit by a pitch by Yaniel Sosa in the ninth inning of a game that Industriales was losing 8-1. Perhaps there was more of a history between the players that goes unreported, but it does seem like a bit of an overreaction.
There are dueling allegations of police attacking Industriales players and vice versa, but the fallout is that Correia has been suspended for six months and Industriales came back to win the series and eliminate Sancti Spiritus. Correia wasn't on the field for the victory, but he does seem to have inspired his team.
The other lasting legacy of the brawl may be a better understanding of why so many Cuban pitchers have risked life and limb to get to this country. Pitching inside on these shores is a lot less likely to wind up with a bat crushing your skull, something that should make Aroldis Chapman a happy man indeed.