The Blonde Side: BaseBrawl
The Blonde Side ™
By: Amber Leigh Hartman
November 1, 2010
We all know football is filled with player celebrations, small quarrels and constant banter between opposing teams. Hockey has a player designated for starting fights on the ice and creating excitement for the crowd … but has baseball started turning up the heat?
From the minor leagues to the big diamond, players and coaches alike have been a little testy during this 2010 season, and I’m not complaining!
In August New York – Penn League Pittsburgh Pirates manager Gary Robinson made a scene after being ejected from the game by literally stealing first base, signing it and giving it to a fan! Though his temper tantrum didn’t even register on the Phil Wellman scale from three years ago, it caused quite a stir in the baseball circuit.
On the major league level, you may recall the acts of Washington Nationals player Nyjer Morgan with several different opposing teams. Morgan’s approach and attitude during the season had his very own manager questioning his professionalism and the intentions behind his aggressive style. Though a little fight on the field is entertaining, a player intentionally injuring members of the opposing team is definitely NOT part of the tradition of the game.
The post-season is no exception to the feisty play this year. In the NLCS, Phillies player Chase Utley exchanged words (ultimately clearing benches) with Giants pitcher, Jonathan Sanchez. Although no one was ejected from the game (bullpen members even waited patiently in a single file line), the intense atmosphere of the game is undeniable.
From small disputes between players/managers and the umpires to arguments amongst teammates in the dugout (like we witnessed with the Tampa Bay Rays), this season has been packed with an immense amount of baseBRAWL!
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