August 05, 2009
The Brewers slugger doesn't look all that mad in the photo but emotions inside Fielder (right) are about ready to boil into a rage during the final moments of the Dodgers 17-4 victory Tuesday night.
So incensed was Fielder at being hit with a pitch by right-hander Guillermo Mota(notes) in the ninth inning, he tried to storm the home team's clubhouse after the game, reporters and other witnesses said.
Hulk smash? Almost.
A security presence delayed Fielder — who was screaming mad with obscenities — from opening the door and confronting Mota or the other Dodgers. Fielder's teammates Casey McGehee(notes) and Bill Hall(notes) physically restrained him from taking his anger further.
The Dodgers had no idea what was happening 25 feet away.
"That's all right," Martin added. "I mean, it's 25 against one."
Mota, who played for the Brewers a season ago, hit Fielder in apparent retaliation for a Milwaukee pitcher plunking Manny Ramirez(notes) earlier in the game. There's no sign in the video of what's coming in a few minutes — which is kind of scary.
"He came inside. It just got away from him," Fielder said. "It happens. That's baseball. He tried to come inside."
When asked about his postgame march to the other side, Fielder deadpanned: "I don't remember that."
Martin sympathized with Fielder to a point.
"It's just part of the game," Martin said. "Our premier hitter gets hit, and he gets protection. I understand [Fielder] is frustrated, but you don't take care of that after the game."
Brewers manager Ken Macha thinks it's all a dirty business.
"It's a part of the game that I don't like," Macha said. "We're just trying to get out of the game. We're kind of getting our butts kicked pretty good, and I thought it was obvious because the guy hits Prince and then walks straight off the mound."
Further, Macha says Mota should be suspended by the league.
"We're not trying to hit anybody, OK? We're losing by 13 runs. We're trying to get 24 outs. We're not trying to hit anybody. That kind of mentality, I think should be taken care of. We'll see what happens."
Macha expects to put Fielder in the lineup in today's series finale.
UPDATE: Here's footage of Prince's attempt from a local TV station (via Blue Heaven) as well as a rememberance of the time that Mike Piazza went after Mota after being drilled by him during a spring training game.