It seems like it's been a long time since we've had a major-league baseball fight that has gotten past the usual do-si-do of a couple dozen men around the pitcher's mound. That's probably for the best, but I'd be lying if I said the baseball blogosphere wouldn't welcome a few Nolan Ryan headlocks or a Chan Ho Park Street Fighter kick to write about.
Our thirst for blood must be satisfied, though! To that end, here's a Double-A level brawl that broke out between the Mobile BayBears and Mississippi Braves on Saturday after Mobile's Rossmel Perez takes out Mississippi pitcher Michael Tarsi at home.
Three players and a manager were ejected after the ninth-inning skirmish, but what's interesting is that Tarsi wasn't among them despite throwing the first punch. You can make the argument that Tarsi could have avoided the brawl had he been paying better attention while slowly jogging toward home. Perez had a right to that plate.
At the same time, I can't blame him for throwing down after being blindsided by Perez. Nothing quite says immediate blood boil like an opponent's action that could have put his career on ice for a long while. Luckily it looks like the only damage sustained from this one was some tongue-clucking and a viral hit stemming from the age-old fact that boys will be boys.
Big BLS H/N: Eye on Baseball