David Wright was more than willing to take the chance of becoming a fat target at the plate in the seventh inning of Tuesday night's 8-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Terry Collins, however, was not willing to put his best player in that position. With the possibility of retaliation hanging in the air after Ryan Braun was hit by a D.J. Carrasco pitch in the top half of the inning — a plunking that came directly after a Rickie Weeks homer and resulted in Carrasco's ejection — Collins made the decision to lift Wright from the game.
"(Wright) said, 'If somebody should be hit, I want it to be me,''' Collins told reporters after the game. ''I said it's not going to be you.''
As you can see in this video, Collins and Wright had a pretty good go at it when their two viewpoints were revealed:
But things soon settled down in the Mets universe with Collins apparently getting his point across and Wright telling the media that he's "loved playing for [Collins], the short amount of time we've had together." So all's well that ends well?
Across the diamond, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was not only miffed over Wright leaving the game, but Daniel Murphy being replaced with a pinch hitter a few batters later.
''It was interesting what that shows,'' Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.
Braun, though, was already moving on from the drama by the end of the game.
''I respect the fact that he wanted to stay in the game,'' Braun said. ''I don't fault them for making that decision at all.''
Where this leaves all of us, I honestly have no idea. The politics of beanball wars are so ever-shifting and predicated on so many ridiculous premises that it almost seems a fool's errand to apply any logic when discussing it after the fact. Throw in motives that are rarely admitted to — Cole Hamels is the exception and not the rule — and it becomes near impossible to be confident in any judgment you level.
In a way, Collins and Wright's argument could be a microcosm for any back-and-forth beanball battle you've ever seen. You know, a lot of fierce yelling followed by some more reasonable talk and then ended by everyone acting as if nothing had happened at all.
Nothing to see here, everyone move along.
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