guys like Tripp Cromer, Dave Anderson, Mike Maddux, and Jeff Reboulet
over the years, the Dodgers certainly haven't had the "toughest"
teams. Still, with enough idiots on the field at any given time,
fights are bound to happenand you gotta love 'em! Below are
some of the Dodgers' best fights and brawls (in chronological order).
- Juan Marichal beats John Roseboro with bat
- Don Sutton and Steve Garvey brawl
- Reggie Smith attacks fan at Candlestick
- Steve Sax and Greg Brock nearly come to blows
- Tom Niedenfuer charged by Ray Knight
- Mike Marshall pisses off Giants & fans
- Mike Marshall and Phil Garner scrap
- Pedro Guerrero throws bat at David Cone
- Tommy Lasorda attacks the Phillies mascot
- Mike Scioscia charges Pascual Perez
- Rick Dempsey vs. Lenny Dykstra
- Gary Sheffield (as a Padre) charges the mound
- Dodgers brawl with Rockies twice in Denver
- Jim Leyland charges Kevin Gross
- Jose Offerman shoves Eric Karros in the dugout
- Ismael Valdes and Eric Karros brawl in shower
- Gary Sheffield and Jason Kendall fight
- Andres Galarraga punches Darren Dreifort... but misses
- Shawon Dunston charges Jamie Arnold
- Chan Ho Park karate kicks Tim Belcher
- Dodgers and Mariners have 15-minute melee
- Chad Kreuter attacks fan
- Brian Jordan (as a Brave) goes after Kevin Brown
- Guillermo Mota nails Mike Piazza... and runs away
- Paul Lo Duca and Milton Bradley get into it
- Eric Gagne and Michael Tucker almost come to blows
- Milton Bradley and Jeff Kent publicly feud
see: Memorable Dodger Moments
Marichal beats John Roseboro with his bat
catcher John Roseboro was a clutch hitter and classy fielder, but
he's remembered most for an incident in 1965, considered by many
to be one of baseball's uglier moments. Juan Marichal, the San Francisco
Giants pitcher, came up to bat in the third inning of a game at
Candlestick Park. Marichal had hit a Dodger player earlier and a
peeved Roseboro had been firing Sandy Koufax's pitches back to him
just inches from Marichal's ear as he took his turn at bat.
turned around to tell Roseboro to stop and Roseboro stood up and
took off his mask. Marichal saw this as a threat and immediately
hit the catcher over the head with the bat twice, opening a 2-inch
gash in Roseboro's head. With blood gushing down Roseboro's face,
the two teamsalready heated rivals battling for the NL pennantbrawled
for 14 minutes.
was suspended for eight games, and Roseboro later sued him for $110,000
in damages. Yet, the two men somehow became friends in the 1980s.
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Sutton and Steve Garvey brawl
Sutton, the ace right-hander, and Steve Garvey, the power-hitting
first baseman, were never close. Despite his outgoing personality
that made him popular with the fans, Garvey wasn't particularly
well-liked by his teammates. Usually players kept quiet, but when
Sutton criticized him in a Washington Post story that was picked
up across the country, Garvey snapped. He confronted Sutton in the
visitors' clubhouse at Shea Stadium and Sutton confirmed he had
made the comments. The argument escalated from there, with Sutton
enraging Garvey by making a vulgar remark about Garvey's wife.
recalled the incident: "It was, did you say this? And if you did,
why? Then he started to bring her (Cyndy) into it. ... He poked
me in the chest and that was it. All of a sudden, we were pushing
and shoving. I got scratched in the eye." They were locked together,
rolling on the floor for several minutes before teammates pulled
them apart. As one player said, "Hey, this team is always hugging
(after home runs). Those guys were just hugging on the floor."
Smith attacks fan at Candlestick
started in the sixth inning when I was stretching in front of the
dugout,'' said Dodger outfielder Reggie Smith. ''A fan said, 'You
stink, you have no class,' so I said, 'What does that make you if
you're talking to me?' The fan said, 'If I come down there I could
get hurt and be out of my $40,000 a year job. But if I hurt you,
it will hurt the Dodgers.'''
fan, 37-year-old Michael Dooley, then picked up a souvenir batting
helmet and threw it at Smith, who immediately jumped into the stands
and began pounding him. As other fans and teammates joined the fracas,
Smith tried to pull Dooley onto the field.
the five-minute disturbance was ended, eight fans were taken into
custody and Smith was ejected. As Smith was being escorted from
the stadium, a fan threw a beer bottle in the direction of Smith,
but it landed 10 to feet in front of him and he continued off the
field without further incident. After being released from jail,
Dooley was treated for injuries at Stanford University Hospital.
''His ribs and hand were injured,'' Dooley's wife said. ''He was
being pulled into the field by the Dodgers and off the field by
the cops, while he was being beaten by both.''
who sits by the Dodger dugout razzles the hell out of them,'' Mrs.
Dooley said, defending her Giants-loving husband. ''It's part of
the rivalry and he hates the Dodgers so much."
enough, Reggie Smith would sign a free-agent contract with the Giants
just 5 months later.
Sax and Greg Brock nearly come to blows
Dodgers were at Shea to face the Mets, and players were warming
up on the field before the game. As Steve Sax was playing catch
with Mike Scioscia, Greg Brock stuck his bat in the way. Sax then
threw a ball that struck Brock in the back. The two players apparently
started yelling at each other as the moved into the dugout. Before
any punches were thrown, however, other Dodgers intervened.
"When you play 180 games with the same guys, you're going to
have disagreements. We yelled at each other, that's all. It was
just a heated moment, that's all, and afterward it all blew over.
I've had the same argument in the batting cage with Sax for taking
too many swings."
were just yelling. It was over with right away," Sax told reporters.
Brock replied, "He asked my wife out."
was nothing," said utlity player Enos Cabell. "These boys
don't even know how to fight."
Niedenfuer charged by Ray Knight
the game at Shea, Tom Niedenfuer helped break up a shouting match
between Steve Sax and Greg Brock (see above), Then, a few hours
later, Niedenfuer was involved in a scuffle of his own.
pitcher Bob Welch was removed in the 6th inning, and Niedenfuer
was brought in to face George Foster with the bases loaded. Foster
hit a grand slam, and Niedenfuer glared for several seconds into
the Dodger dugout until third baseman Bill Madlock came to the mound.
After Madlock returned to his position, Niedenfuer's next pitch
struck Ray Knight in the left elbow. The Met third baseman immediately
flung his bat down and headed toward the 6-foot, 5-inch Niedenfuer,
who got low and tackled the 6-foot, 2-inch Knight, with Dodger catcher
Scioscia close behind. Both benches and bullpens then emptied.
said he had no recourse but to charge the mound. "If he wants
to hit me, fine," Knight said. "I'll do the same thing
was just a lot of scratching going on underneath that pile,"
Niedenfuer told reporters. "There are a lot of long fingernails
in this league."
player was ejected, but both were slapped with huge fines: $300
for Knight and $250 for Niedenfuer.
Marshall pisses off Giants and fans
two outs in the 10th inning of an early season game at Candlestick
Park, Dodgers outfielder Mike Marshall hit a three-run homer off
Giants pitcher Scott Garrelts, eventually lifting the Dodgers to
an 11-8 victory. San Francisco Mananger Roger Craig had ordered
Pedro Guerrero intentionally walked to get to Marshall. As he rounded
the bases, Marshall pumped his fist and gestured several times at
Craig, angry that the Giants would walk the hot-hitting Guerrero
for a second time just to face him. ("They didn't have any
confidence that I could do the job, and that was part of the frustration,"
Marshall later whined.)
responded to Marshall's chicken-shit gestures by throwing the next
pitch over the head of Dodgers catcher Alex Trevino. Both benches
emptied, and Guerrero and San Francisco's Chris Brown had to be
heavily restrained in the 15-minute scuffle. On the Dodgers' way
back to their dugout, Giants fans threw coins, paper cups, and beer
at the players. Marshall got drenched. About 75 fans were ejected,
and several were arrested.
was disgusting the way those fans behaved," Dodgers manager
Tommy Lasorda said. "They're a disgrace to the U.S.A. What
gives them the right to throw things at ballplayers?" (Meanwhile,
a few Dodgers apparently spit at fans during the incident. Any comments
on that, Tommy?)
didn't stop at that, having equally harsh words for the Giants.
''What the hell did he [Garrelts] throw at Trevino for? That's ridiculous,''
Lasorda said. ''Trevino's standing there, and the guy throws at
his head. It was terrible. I have no respect for him.''
Marshall and Phil Garner scrap
about 5 pm, a couple hours before game time, Mike Marshall had already
taken batting practice and was standing outside the cage. Phil Garner,
who would spend only half a season as a Dodger, approached Marshall
and told him to shag balls in the outfield. An argument ensued,
and in Marshall's words, "Phil Garner picked a fight with me."
The players returned to the dugout and headed up the runway, where
the scuffle began. Punches were thrown, and the players rolled around
on the ground until they were separated by coach Joe Amalfitano,
shortstop Craig Shipley, and an usher.
38-year-old Garner, 5 foot 8 inches and 177 pounds, sported an inch-long
scratch on his left cheek and a few welts on his face. Marshall,
who was 6 foot 5, 218, and only 27 at the time, ended up with just
a couple small scratches. "Judging by the looks of my face,
I'm about as good a fighter as I am a hitter the last few months,"
said Garner, who was batting .209 at the time.
admitted starting the fight. "I instigated it," he said.
"Sometimes, when players are frustrated, tempers flare. Mine
flared. I make no excuses for it. I'm not going to apologize because
I have nothing to apologize for. Sooner or later, it was going to
is was widely known that Dodger players were fed up with Marshall
over his numerous injuries and shitty attitude. One player, who
asked to remain anonymous, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times as
saying, "This thing has been brewing for a long time. I'm surprised
it wasn't 24 guys against Marshall. I mean, they (management) let
him get away with a lot of things. Look, he's already gone home.
How come nobody else on the disabled list goes home and misses games?
He hasn't seen the end of a game since we've been home."
Guerrero throws his bat at David Cone
than 24 hours after the Mets' Dwight Gooden had drilled Alfredo
Griffin on the wrist, and the Dodgers' Brian Holton had retaliated
by plunking New York's Howard Johnson, the teams got into it again.
The incident occurred in the sixth inning of the Mets' 5-2 win over
the Dodgers. After striking out Kirk Gibson, Cone's first two pitches
to Guerrero were high and insideone of which Guerrero fouled
off. Cone's next pitch was a curve that glanced off Guerrero's shoulder
and hit him in his batting helmet. Guerrero glared at Cone, and
then threw his bat with both hands at the pitcher, but it sailed
wide and stopped near shortstop Kevin Elster. As Guerrero began
to walk slowly toward Cone, he was grabbed by Mets catcher Barry
Lyons and third baseman Howard Johnson. Both benches emptied, but
no punches were thrown.
told reporters that his intent was to "brush back" Cone
with the bat, in the same way that Cone threw close to him. Guerrero
claimed he didn't want to hurt the pitcher, only send him a message.
"They can hurt us, we can't hurt them," Guerrero whined.
He was later suspended for four days and fined $1,000 by the National
League. (Although if accounts of his I.Q. are correct, the league
could have fined him $100,000 and he wouldn't have known the difference.)
Lasorda attacks the Philly Phanatic
the Philly Phanatic had stomped numerous times on a stuffed doll
dressed in a Dodgers uniform with ``Lasorda'' on the back, Lasorda
wrestled the doll away from the mascot. Lasorda then hit the Phanatic
in the face with the doll, pinned him to the ground and threw a
few punches. Truly a great sight.
he did wasn't entertainment," said Lasorda. "I love the
Dodgers, and it wasn't right for him to stomp on the doll with the
uniform. There were a lot of kids there, and he's showing them violence.
He didn't need to do that.''
Raymond, who masqueraded as the Phanatic, didn't seem too bothered.
"When he grabs me, he gets his shots in pretty hard, but I
didn't know that he was serious,'' Raymond said. "I'm really
just trying to make fun of Tommy's shape."
Scioscia charges Pascual Perez
the Expos' three-run first, Dodgers starter Orel Hershiser threw
a pitch behind Hubie Brooks. The next pitch hit Brooks, who started
toward the mound but was restrained by plate umpire Bill Hohn as
players from both teams rushed onto the field.
the Dodgers scored the five runs in the seventh, Montreal's Pascual
Perez hit Mike Scioscia on the helmet. Scioscia flipped his bat
away and headed straight to the mound, but was cut off by Expos
third baseman Tim Wallach before he could reach Perez. Other Dodgers
tried to reach Perez, including Kirk Gibson, who was wrestled to
the ground by three Expos.
was trying to think of a way to get to him,'' Gibson said. ''Me,
I'd never charge the mound because you aren't going to get what
you want. But all I knew was Mike couldn't get to him, so I was
trying to.'' When Gibson tripled in a run earlier in the seventh,
he stood on the bag and pumped his arm twice, mimicking Perez's
bit on the mound after throwing a strike. (Apparently it runs in
Dempsey vs. Lenny Dykstra
runners at first and third, home plate umpire Ron Barnes called
Philadelphia outfielder Lenny Dykstra out on strikes in the fifth
inning. As Dykstra, who was leading the league in hitting at the
time, approached the plate with two outs in the seventh, he started
complaining to Barnes. He then turned to Dodgers catcher Rick Dempsey,
accusing him of brown-nosing the umpire. As Dempsey stood up and
took off his mask, Dykstra dropped his bat and stepped forward.
The 40-year-old Dempsey immediately popped him in the face with
his glove and followed with a quick right. The two tangled and fell
to the ground and the benches cleared.
later, Dempsey was on the bottom of a huge pile. "Somebody
grabbed my face when we rolled on the ground," said Dempsey,
who ended up with a large welt on the side of his face. "After
I saw the replay, I saw it was Dykstra. He grabbed me by the side
of the face and squeezed every pimple I had."
he mad about?" Dempsey continued. "He made an out. I make
four of them a game. If I was hitting .340 I'd be kissing every
player on the opposing team."
Sheffield (as a Padre) charges the mound
the Padres ahead, 9-2, in the sixth, San Diego batter Gary Sheffield
charged the mound after Dodger relief pitcher Ricky Trlicek hit
him in the back with a 3-1 fastball. As Sheffield made his way to
the mound, Trlicek took off his glove and cap, apparently ready
to get his ass kicked. ("I didn't even know I did that,"
Trlicek later said.) Sheffield plowed into him and threw a punch
that grazed the side of Trlicek's head.
two players wrestled eachother to the ground the as both benches
emptied. They were pulled apart quickly, and no other punches were
thrown. However, Dodgers outfielder Cory Snyder had to restrain
Derek Bell of the Padres, who evidently wasn't happy about the fight
ending so fast.
and Sheffield were ejected. Trlicekwho is definitely missing
a vowel in his last namesuffered a scrape on his forehead
and a small cut on his right wrist. After the game Sheffield said
he thought Trlicek threw at him because he had swung hard at a 3-0
pitch with a big lead. "I just reacted," Sheffield said.
and Rockies brawl twice in Denver
months into the Rockies' first season, The Dodgers came to town
with bats and fists. Rookie Mike Piazza hit two home runs, went
4 for 5 and had five RBI, but the 12-4 Dodger victory is remembered
most for two fights in the span of an inning.
began in the bottom of the seventh, when Andres Galarraga, having
hit in eight consecutive at-bats, was brushed back by Ramon Martinez.
While on first, Galarraga was hit in the neck by an errant pickoff
throw. Galarraga then tried to steal and kicked second baseman Jody
Reed (forgot about him, huh?) as he slid in well behind the throw.
"I've really never seen a cheaper shot than that," said
Reed. The kick didn't go over well with the Dodgers, so Martinez
hit batter Charlie Hayes in the chest with a 3-2 fastball. Hayes
immediately charged the mound to touch off the first fight. The
scuffle lasted three minutes and Martinez and Hayes were ejected.
an inning later, Piazza hit his second home run of the game. Rockies
pitcher Keith Shepherd hit Cory Snyder with his next pitch, who
glared at Shepherd but hung around the batters box. Shepherd, however,
gave Snyder a come-get-me gesture, which brought the rest of the
Dodgers pouring onto the field. Shockingly, the charge was led by
Darryl Strawberry, who was held back by Rockies catcher Joe Girardi
before he reached Shepherd. Jim Gott used his Judo skills on Shepherd,
however, and Roger McDowell managed to land a couple punches, bloodying
Shepherd's nose. "He asked for it and got it," Eric Davis
said of Shepherd.
who would expect violence from a Dodgers team that included Strawberry
and Davis? "Most fun I probably had all year," said Strawberry,
who was ready to get back to L.A. and beat his wife.
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Leyland charges Kevin Gross
fun began when Dodgers pitcher Kevin Gross hit the Pirates' Kevin
Young in the head with a pitch. Pirates manager Jim Leyland and
reserve outfielder Lloyd McClendon spent the rest of the half-inning
yelling at Gross from the dugout. Later in the game, Pittsburgh
pitcher Bob Walk retaliated by hitting Gross in the leg and was
ejected. Leylandwho was about 70 years old at the time and
smoked like a chimneyargued with the umpire and was also ejected,
then exchanged words with Gross. Before you knew it, Leyland charged
the Dodgers pitcher, and the two grappled near the mound. Players
from both dugouts and bullpens spilled onto the field around the
home plate area, and Don Slaught grabbed Gross, breaking it up.
was stupid," Leyland later said. "I threw one punch that
didn't connect. I don't think it would have knocked him down anyway."
ESPN replayed the fight and included a tale of tape, showing Leyland
at 5 feet 10 and 170 pounds and Gross at 6-3 and 225.
it was out of frustration," Gross said. "Maybe it's because
he hates me. I don't know. I wasn't about to throw a punch at anybody
unless I had to. I'm out there trying to win a game. But it's a
good thing he didn't take a swing at me. I would have had to hurt
Offerman shoves Eric Karros in the dugout
the Dodgers' 7-0 loss to St. Louis, shortstop Jose Offerman made
an error, was involved in another misplay that led to two runs,
was thrown out at second trying to advance on a fly ball to center,
and did not run hard on his eighth-inning pop-up. Eric Karros was
sitting in the dugout when Offerman approached him. Karros appeared
astonished by something Offerman said and stood up to face the shortstop,
who then shoved Karros lightly. Unfortunately, bench coach Bill
Russell and worthless second baseman Delino DeShields separated
the two before the argument could escalate.
was somebody trying to step up to be the team leader," said
pitcher Tom Candiotti. "Karros saw something he didn't think
looked right to him, and he let it be known. I thought he did it
in a very constructive manner."
good teams fight because they want to win," DeShields said.
He then proceeded to punch Ron Perranoski in the face.
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Valdes and Eric Karros brawl in shower
up with the lackadaisical efforts of teammates, Eric Karros openly
ridiculed pitcher Ismael Valdes in a team meeting that was intended
to clear the air. Karros criticized Valdes for being passive in
a 3 1/3 inning, four-run, eight-hit effort against the Marlins.
long after the half-hour closed-door meeting, sharp words broke
out between the two in the Dodgers' shower room. Veterans hurried
in from the adjacent clubhouse to separate the two. Karros and Valdes
exhanged shouts and shoves... although no word on bodily fluids.
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Sheffield and Jason Kendall fight
he crossed home plate in the 6th inning of a game versus Pittsburgh,
Gary Sheffield swatted the helmet off Pirate catcher Jason Kendall.
Kendall thought Sheffield intentionally knocked it off (and he was
probably right), and called it a cheap shot as Sheffield was heading
back to the Dodgers dugout. Sheffield turned around, and it it was
on. Both players were soon wrestling, rolling around on the field
as benches cleared. At one point, Sheffield attempted to pick up
Kendall, but instead got hit in the face with his shin guard, opening
a cut near his eye. Both Sheffield and Kendall were ejected, and
fate would have it, both players would be teammates just a week
later at the All-Star Game in Colorado. Sheffield, however, refused
to make nice. "He's still my enemy," Sheffield said of
Kendall. "There's no room for players like that in the game.
You won't see me sitting next to him on the bench. He's not my teammate."
Gary Sheffield: all class.
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Galarraga punches Darren Dreifort... but misses
Darren Dreifort hit Andres Galarraga with a pitch for the second
time in a week, the Big Ugly Cat charged the mound, stirring a bench-clearing
brawl at Turner Field. Galarraga snapped when Dreifort hit him with
a pitch on his left leg while leading off the second inning. He
charged the mound and swung wildly at Dreifort, who ducked and grabbed
Galarraga's legs. A truly priceless moment. They began wrestling
on the mound and were quickly encircled by their teammates, managers,
coaches and the umpires. Galarraga was ejected and Dreifort was
forced to leave because he suffered cuts on his throwing elbow.
Galarraga was later suspended for 3 games.
the first time he hit me, I should have fought him in that situation,"
said Galarraga, who acknowledged that he had earlier vowed to charge
the next pitcher who hit him with a pitch. "But
I tried to be patient, I tried to be the nice guy. I tried not to
be the bad guy, but two times? I can't believe he hit me."
guy stands right on top of the plate, and then he strides into the
ball," Dreifort said. "We've got guys who pitch inside
in this game, and guys have gotten hit for years, that's the way
Dunston charges Jamie Arnold
started when Dodgers rookie Jamie Arnold hit Cardinals utility player
Shawon Dunston with a pitch. Dunston immediately charged the mound
and body-slammed Arnold, setting off a bench-clearing brawl. Arnold
dropped his head in disgust immediately after the ball hit Dunston,
obviously not throwing at him on purpose. "The only reason
I knew he was coming (to the mound) was because I heard the crowd's
reaction," Arnold said.
overreacted," Dodgers manager Davey Johnson said. "That's
Dunston. The kid has 15 innings in the big leagues. He came out
of Double-A and was the fifth pitcher out of the bullpen. He's just
trying to survive. He's not trying to hit anybody, and anybody with
any baseball sense knows that. I lost a little respect for (Cardinals
manager Tony) La Russa, too, accusing the kid of nailing him (on
Russa responded: "Losing respect can go both ways." Dunston,
meanwhile, took a page out of Gary Sheffield's speech guide: "I
have to take care of Shawon Dunston. I can't worry about anyone
else," said Dunston.
the most baffling part of the fight was Dodgers center fielder Devon
White coming to the defense of Dunston. With both benches and bullpens
emptying onto the field, White was the one who pulled Dunston out
of the pack. Later, White verbally defended him: "If he felt
he was thrown at, he did what he felt he had to do," said White.
Nice, Devo, way to support your teammate.
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Ho Park karate kicks Tim Belcher
June 5, 1999
in the game, Chan Ho Park had beaned Angels infielder Randy Velardethe
smallest guy in the Angels lineup. Soon after, Park gave up a grand
slam to backup catcher Matt Walbeck, who was hitting about .206
at the time. A few batters later, Park nobly took out his frustration
in the game, Park bunted up the first base line. Angels pitcher
Tim Belcher picked up the ball and tagged Park in the chest. That's
when the Dodgers pitcher went apeshit. After taking a step back,
Park dug into his Korean bag of tricks and karate kicked Belcher
in the mid-section with his cleats. Whether it was more reminiscent
of Mr. Miyagi, Bruce Lee, or Pelé, Park actually got his
ass whooped. Belcher, who must have been about 45 year old at the
time, threw Park to the ground and pounded on him.
received a seven-game
suspension and was fined $3,000 by the National League. "He pushed
the ball in my chest," Park said afterward. "That's not
normal. It feels like he was trying to hurt me." Yeah, no shit.
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and Mariners Have 15-Minute Melee
by an inside pitch from Mariner reliever Frankie Rodriguez to Mark
Grudzielanek, the Dodgers and Mariners brawled for more than 15
minutes. The inside pitch came immediately after Trenidad Hubbard
stroked a three-run double to put the Dodgers ahead 12-3. Rodriguez
repeatedly uttered a four-letter word while challenging Grudzielanek
appeared to be contained initially, with only some grabbing and
gesturing. Then the Mariner relievers reached the mound and changed
the mood. Jose Paniagua found someone's head with a sucker punch.
Then players paired off - David Segui and Raul Mondesi, Butch Huskey
and Angel Pena, Paniagua and Devon White, Jose Mesa and Dave Hansen,
Jay Buhner and Pedro Borbon. Seattle reliever Damaso Marte pumped
up the emotions with a sweeping right hand on the run to Hundley's
head, and that led to the swell of players landing on Seattle outfielders
Brian Hunter and Charles Gipson, both of whom were injured. "They
kept cheap-shotting us," Dodger catcher Todd Hundley whined.
scurried from pile to pile while trying to separate players and
coaches as fans booed and threw trash on the field. When it appeared
the melee had finally ended, Seattle first baseman David Segui stirred
things up again by seemingly challenging the entire Dodger dugout.
When order was eventually restored, umpires ejected four Mariners
and three Dodgers, including coach Rick Dempsey who was later suspended
for 17 games.
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Kreuter attacks a Cubs fan
the 9th inning of a Dodgers' 6-5 victory in Chicago, a fan grabbed
Kreuter's cap, apparently hit him and then took off running. Kreuter,
who was sitting in the bullpen next to the stands, gave chase, and
a few of his teammates followed. The rest of the bullpen gathered
along the first-base wall and the Dodgers' dugout emptied. The only
thing better than seeing players fight with eachother is seeing
players fight with fans. Priceless! "If you wanted a hat that bad,
be polite and ask for one," said Todd Hundley. "We'll
give it to you. We've got a whole bunch of them." (And I'm sure
Hundley had time to hand out hats... he sure as hell wasn't too
busy throwing out baserunners.)
the fight was over, several fans had been hauled out, the game had
been delayed 10 minutes, there was litter on the field and much
of baseball was in shock. Nearly
a week later Major League Baseball suspended 19 players and coaches
for periods ranging from three to eight games, although many of
the punishments were eventually reduced.
Jordan (as a Brave) goes after Kevin Brown
the first inning of a spring training game against the Braves, Kevin
Brown nailed Brian Jordan on the forearm with a 1-2 pitch. Jordan
was forced to leave the game, and went for treatment in the Braves'
locker room. Meanwhile, Brown exited after four innings, and his
walk to the clubhouse took him past where Jordan was standing. According
to witnesses, Jordan and Brown began talking from a distance and
then started to jaw at close range.
was hovering around, waiting for Brown to come off the field,"
said David Graham, 47, of West Palm Beach. "Brown threw down
his mitt and Jordan grabbed his uniform, right around the neck."
confrontation occurred far down the right-field corner and out of
sight for most fans at Holman Stadium. Most of the crowd only saw
players from both teams sprinting to the scene, along with a few
policemen. The game was delayed for about five minutes.
punches were thrown, none were intended to be thrown," Jordan
said. 'You can only get hit so many times before you take offense
at it. I know he has better control than that."
guess he was upset," Brown said. "He wanted to know if
I'd hit him on purpose. I said, 'Good gracious, why would I hit
you on purpose?"'
and Jordan, of course, were later to become overpaid teammates on
Mota nails Mike Piazza... and runs away
few years from now, when he's out of baseball, Guillermo Mota will
be remembered for one thing, and one thing only: running away from
Mike Piazza. In March of 2002, Mota and Piazza got into it during
a spring training game, and Piazza was fined by the league. Rekindling
that feud in March 2003, Mota came inside to Piazza to start the
bottom half of the sixth inning of an otherwise uneventful Dodgers/Mets
game. Mota's next pitch nailed Piazza on the back, and it was on.
wasted no time charging the mound, cocking his fist as he quickly
approached Mota. Doing what any normal coward would do, Mota threw
his glove at Piazza's head and began backpeddling away. As Piazza
gave chase, Mota headed toward the outfield, knowing full well that
he was about to get his lanky ass kicked. Lucky for him, Piazza
was intercepted and tackled to the ground by Brian Jordan, Adrian
Beltre, and Larry Barnes. As a violent Piazza tried to struggle
freehis eyes practically popping out of his Pert Plus headMets
outfielder Jeromy Burnitz took up the chase, almost catching up
with the backpeddling Mota as he crossed the infield dirt. With
literally dozens of players running all over the field (keep in
mind it was early in spring training and the rosters were full),
Mota somehow backed his way into the Dodger dugout and escaped to
the locker room.
after Guillermo Mota was rushed out of the clubhouse by Brian Jordan,
Mike Piazza sped his BMW to the other side of the stadium and entered
the supposedly secured clubhouse, shouting "Where's Mota? Where's
Mota?" Not believing people when he was told that Mota had
left, Piazza reportedly searched every nook and cranny of the clubhouse
before leaving, all the while in a violent rage. (Did we just write
"nook and cranny"??)
a couple days after the fun, Piazza and Mota were suspended for
5 games. And everybody had something to say. Red Sox pitcher Pedro
Martinez, who has also thrown at Piazza, got in on the action, saying:
"Maybe he felt like he had to show off his testosterone. But
this may be more embarrassing than the one before. Why would you
go after skinny Guillermo Mota in spring training and do nothing
to Roger Clemens in the World Series?"
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animation of a portion of the incident.
Lo Duca and Milton Bradley get into it
Andy Ashby pitching for the Dodgers, Milton Bradley (then with the
Indians) led off the fourth inning with a home run. Before Bradley
even left the batter's box, he had peeled off his batting gloves.
The Dodgers took offense, especially Paul Lo Duca, who was wired
by Fox, who was broadcasting the game.
too good of a ballplayer to be doing stuff like that," said
Lo Duca after the game. "If you're cocky, that's fine. It's
good to be cocky and confident. I'm cocky when I play out there,
and that's the way he plays. I just think he goes a little overboard."
animosity between Lo Duca and Bradley escalated after Bradley struck
out in the fifth, and Lo Duca was thrown out trying to go from second
to third in the seventh on Shawn Green's fly ball to Bradley. After
Bradley's strikeoutto end the inning with the go-ahead run
on baseLo Duca shouted, "Take your gloves off for that
one." Also on TV, Lo Duca made reference to what would happen
if Bradley had tried to show up a pitcher such as Kevin Brown, who's
not a pussy like Andy Ashby.
alerted me to the fact he was over there poppin' off," said
Bradley. "I saw the videotape of him saying some things. I
guess he kind of feels bad my numbers are better than his, and I
spent two weeks on the DL... I live by a simple creed that says,
'If you don't know me and I don't know you, don't approach me and
I won't approach you.' Don't assault me and I won't assault you,
because you don't know what I will or won't do. I'm going to end
it with that."
later, the two were teammates. Beautiful.
Gagne and Michael Tucker almost come to blows
the Giants and the Dodgers. The names change, but it's nice that
some things don't. A day after Giants outfielder Michael Tucker
almost came to blows with Dodger pitcher Jeff Weaver after a collision
along the base line, Tucker was once again center stage. It started
when Gagne threw a high fastball that sent Tucker tumbling to the
ground. Though the pitch appeared to be well over the plate, Tucker
stepped toward the mound and pointed at Gagne, a former hockey player
who welcomed the invitation and dropped his glove. Teammates intervened,
however, and no punches were thrown.
turned even more violent when he learned of his ejection, attempting
to charge the umpires gathered at the mound. He flipped the ball
over his shoulder toward the mound while leaving the field, then
tipped his cap to the Giants fans jeering him above the dugout.
Manager Jim Tracy and other Dodgers defended Gagne, saying it was
ridiculous to think that he was throwing at Tucker. But in a radio
interview, Gagne said he was trying to "send a message, and
I guess [Tucker] didn't like it.
know the game enough to know what was going on," Gagne told
Fred Roggin. "What [Tucker] did was not respectful to Jeff
Weaver... [My teammates] are my family, they're the people I'm with
more than my real family, so you have to respect my players."
asked if he expected punishment, Gagne had this to say: "They
better not. That's totally stupid. It was just a fastball inside;
I didn't know it was going to be that big of a deal, but people
complain. The game has changed. There's no crying in baseball."
for Tucker, apparently it wasn't the pitch that angered him so much
as the smile on Gagne's face. "Don't throw 97-98 up and in
and then smile at me," Tucker said. "You see the replay,
you see the ball and then he walks down toward me, smiling like,
'OK, get up.' That's what got it going."
Gagne's got a problem, it's a short walk from where his bullpen
is to right field," Tucker said the next day, refusing to let
it go. "If Tracy's got a problem with me, it's a short walk
from where his dugout is to home plate. I'm not that far away. I'm
not that hard to find."
Bradley and Jeff Kent publicly feud
in 2004, Milton Bradley had taken anger management classes prior
to the '05 season. For six months, it looked as if those classes
had worked. Though he wasn't doing much on the field, Bradley was
a model citizen... until Jeff Kent pushed a little too hard. On
a Saturday night in Florida, Jeff Kent drove a ball into the gap
in right-center. Bradley was on first, and cruised around to third
basenot far enough as far as Kent was concerned. After the
game, Kent confronted Bradley about his hustle. A yelling match
ensued in the clubhouse, with Bradley throwing a chair in anger.
Trying to get in between his teammates, Brad Penny was spiked in
the foot by Jeff Kent. Meanwhile, Bradley ended up in Jim Tracy's
office, apparently telling his manager that he he was tired of Kent's
some people, all their life is baseball," Bradley said after
the altercation. "All they care about is how many hits they
get, how many runs they drive in and how many plays they make. They're
just looking for a plaque. I love baseball to death, but it's not
. You can read between the lines and see who's had
problems with teammates; never me."
went on to insist that he wants people to see him as a good person.
"Anybody who's willing to stand between me getting there needs
to be eliminated," he said.
next day, Bradley singled in the first inning. One batter later,
on Olmedo Saenz's inning-ending pop-up, Bradley sprinted around
the bases at full speed, staring into the Dodger dugout as he reached
third base. Bradley then pointed at the dugout, jabbing his finger
before flipping his helmet to the ground. "I was just checking
in and making sure my hustle was up to par," Bradley sarcastically
said after the game.
would have all ended right there had Bradley honored Jim Tracy's
request to keep the feud internal. But Bradley didn't listenhe
had too much to say. Three days later, when the Dodgers were back
home, Bradley played the race card: "He [Kent] doesn't know
how to deal with African American people. We all joke about race
in here. But there are things said off the cuff that I don't interpret
as being funny. They are funny to him and [comedian] Jeff Foxworthy,
but not to Milton Bradley."
take offense to that," Kent told reporters, right after saying
he wouldn't respond to Bradley's comments. "That's just absolutely
pathetic if it comes from his mouth."
also disputed Kent's supposed role as a leader. "If you're
going to be a team leader, then you need to mingle with the team,
associate with the team," Bradley said. "You can't have
your locker in the corner of every clubhouse [when] we go on the
road. You can't put your headphones on and sit in the corner and
read a motocross magazine."
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