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Red Sox, Orioles throw down in eighth

Posted on: July 8, 2011 10:15 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 11:07 am
 
By Matt Snyder

The Red Sox and Orioles had a pretty solid benches-clearing brawl in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night. Here's how things shook out:

1. The Red Sox were winning 10-3 as David Ortiz stepped to the plate. He'd already hit a three-run homer.

2. Gregg came inside to Ortiz three times -- some would call it "chin music" -- and Ortiz didn't appreciate it. He and Gregg exchanged heated words after the third and the benches cleared, though nothing really happened.

3. When the count was 3-0, Ortiz took a home-run cut and flew out to center.

4. As Ortiz started to run down to first, Gregg appeared to yell something in Ortiz's direction while also making a hand motion in a "get outta here" type way.

5. Ortiz immediately charged Gregg and it was fight time. No solid punches were landed, though Ortiz got a few shoves in and attempted a punch. Ortiz's attempted punch came after a roundhouse punch attempt from Gregg, which also missed. By that time, enough players had gotten into the fracas that it became a bit of an amoeba.

6. Ortiz, Gregg, Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Orioles relief pitcher Jim Johnson were all ejected.

Click here to watch the video on MLB.com

After the game, Ortiz left the locker room before reporters arrived, but here is what some Orioles had to say, via Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com:

Kevin Gregg: "The best way to get [Ortiz] out is pitch him in, I’m pitching him in. 3-0 they are up seven. I think there is some ethics to the game you got to stay within. [So I told him to] run. Hit a fly ball, a lazy fly ball, you got to run the bases. Apparently he didn’t like me telling him that stuff and he came out there. It’s part of the game. He has a right to come out there. I’m going to defend myself if he comes out."

Nick Markakis: "I don’t understand why he went after him. It’s a 3-0 pitch, two outs and you have a guy tagging up and a guy swinging at a 3-0 pitch in a six-run game. It doesn’t make sense. He knows the game better than that. Put them on our side and us on their side. It’s a little bush league. Like I said, I’m sure he’s going to look back and realize that he made a mistake, especially charging our pitcher regardless of what was said."

Zach Britton: "Pretty crazy. It’s part of the game but those two pitches, I was in here watching the game, the two pitches that Gregg threw to Papi weren’t even close. So it was unnecessary for him to stare in and act like a tough guy. Kevin’s not going to back down if you are going to stare at him like that. There’s no reason we are trying to hit him. We are getting our ass kicked, we are not trying to hit him. That’s what you get. Big Papi, he is what he is. And that’s what happens."

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:51 pm
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 5:32 am
 

Red Sox, Orioles throw down in eighth

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Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 9:56 am
 

Red Sox, Orioles throw down in eighth

From what I could tell, I think it was Gregg's third CAREER ejection. Kyle Weiland on the other hand is 1 for 1! ;-)



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Red Sox, Orioles throw down in eighth

to Bruinchamps...Yeah for now,what, we throw inside to one on your players in retaliation and we're the heavies? get yopur head outta the sand



Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Red Sox, Orioles throw down in eighth

: "I don’t understand why he went after him. It’s a 3-0 pitch, two outs and you have a guy tagging up and a guy swinging at a 3-0 pitch in a six-run game. It doesn’t make sense. He knows the game better than that. Put them on our side and us on their side. It’s a little bush league. Like I said, I’m sure he’s going to look back and realize that he made a mistake, especially charging our pitcher regardless of what was said."


     This, clowns, is what is wrong with baseball and the rest of the world..."regardless of what he said." When did we get to the point in this country that grown men are expected to allow other grown men to bow up and/or run their mouths without any consequence.


     My take is that this was mid-July baseball at its finest. We have two teams, one established and playing well, the other not so much. The classic baseball situation-- slugger hits home run--slugger gets brushed back or hit--slugger charges mound. From Ty Cobb to Robin Ventura (remember that halarious *@#t) this has been part of the game. The whole thing was classic until Markakis opened his mouth and brought in the mid-nineties idea that I mentioned. The same decade Ventura got his jock shoved down his throat by 40++ year old. Coincidence??? I love baseball. Please don't ruin it like you have the football the only other sport that matters.


     Yes I am old. Baseball is supposed to be baseball. "Can't we all just get along?" (Another GUILTY nineties clown that set our country back 25 years.)



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2011 11:24 am
 

Red Sox, Orioles throw down in eighth

I give mad props to Gregg for what he did, as a batter in a 10-3 ballgame if you decide to stand on the plate then you deserve what Ortiz got. The plate is the pitchers and that's it. 
 



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2011 11:14 am
 

Red Sox, Orioles throw down in eighth

You like the Yankees suck



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2011 11:07 am
 

Red Sox, Orioles throw down in eighth

Who was the sissy that stopped Ortiz from tagging Gregg.Gregg was more wrong than Papi . It is not Papi's fault that Baltimore sucks. Old Buck took on a loser.



Since: May 21, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2011 10:54 am
 

Red Sox, Orioles throw down in eighth

Glad to see Gregg wasn't affraid to continue throwing inside. Ortiz knows that this is part of the game. His job is to man up and knock the ball out of the park. The way the O's are playing, they need to do this more often to get the team, "and Fans" excited. You can't throw at a guys head but you can move him off the plate all day long. I guess big Poppy had to do something since he mouthed off, then popped out. I really don't thing he wanted to charge the mound and he surley was glad when one of the coaches pushed him all over the field to keep him away from the crowd.



Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2011 7:14 am
 

Red Sox, Orioles throw down in eighth

Correct me if I'm wrong but I heard this morning that this is the third time Gregg has been tossed from a game ?


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