Friday, June 6, 2008
Red Sox-Rays brawl
I'm not gonna' lie. I like baseball fights, especially when they're warranted. This brawl was going to happen after tensions nearly boiled in Wednesday's game between the teams. Here's a quick recap...
Wednesday: Coco Crisp doesn't like the way second base is being blocked by Rays infielder Akinori Iwamura. The next time Crisp gets on base, he slides high and nearly hits Iwamura in the nether regions. Tempers flare and words are exchanged but nothing happens...
Until Thursday: James Shields plunks Crisp in the thigh. Crisp charges the mound. A fight ensues. Shields nearly connects on a haymaker. Rays catcher Dioner Navarro tackles Crisp after he takes a swing at Shields. Jonny Gomes piles on, throws fists at a grounded Crisp and then Carl Crawford comes flying in and lands some solid clandestine punches on Crisp's head.
Can't wait for the next series. These teams are a budding rivalry. Both want respect - the Rays not as the AL East's punching bag anymore and the Red Sox as the two-time in three years World Series champ.
Yahoo! Sports Jeff Passan has a superb take on the Rays-Sox.