Most of you probably saw it, but just in case you didn’t, I’m going to talk about it because that’s what my job is here at Thoughts From The Bench.
On Sunday, the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates got into a bench clearing brawl in the top of the fourth inning of their series ending match-up at PNC Park. Reds right fielder Yasiel Puig, was ejected along with Reds manager David Bell, Reds relief pitcher Amir Garret and Pirates relief pitchers Felipe Vazquez and Keone Kela.
In case you didn’t see it, here’s the brawl.
The brawl started when Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer threw behind Reds first basemen Derek Dietrich after Dietrich did this in the first inning.
Now, if you’re like me, an old school baseball fan who loves the unwritten rules of baseball, this is something you love to see. I’m a big fan of pitchers retaliating for something like this but I’m also a fan of players doing what Dietrich did. He mashed a ball into the Allegheny River, actually he did it twice on Sunday, which is something that is a pretty nice feat.
But, if you want to showboat by standing in the batter’s box until the ball clears the wall or if you want to bat flip, or if you want to do anything to show up the pitcher, a guy who can hurl a ball in your direction at 90+ mph, you better be prepared for the repercussions.
Both sides of this argument are something that make baseball so incredible. On one side, you have a player doing something pretty amazing and on the other you have a pitcher defending the honor of his baseball team in their ball park.
Throughout this whole incident, neither Archer or Dietrich were thrown out. Dietrich would hit another ball into the river and Archer would go on to throw six innings, striking out seven, and would only allow five hits as the Pirates rallied together as a team, providing the offensive support that was needed in order to sweep the Reds in their first home weekend series of the season.
It’s funny how brawls can work sometimes. They can sometimes completely derail a team, but in this situation, it almost settled Archer down and allowed him to excel the rest of the game. It was a key moment in a series ending game that allowed the Pirates to come together as a team. I was all for it and I’m sure the City of Pittsburgh was as well.
On that note, I’ll leave you with this.