Big League Stew - MLB

I'd usually say that a late April series between the Brewers and Pirates doesn't really bear much watching if you're not a fan of either team — or a Prince Fielder or Nyjer Morgan fantasy owner.

But after Milwaukee's 10-5 win on Monday night, you might want to tune in tonight to see any potential fireworks if the Brewers decide to pull an Obama and gain their vengeance on the Pirates at Miller Park.

Why the tension? In case you missed it, Ryan Braun jacked a home run off Jeff Karstens in the first inning on Monday night but was then drilled in the back by Karstens on his next plate appearance. Braun motioned toward Karstens, but Milwaukee's chance to retaliate was suspended for at least a day because both benches were immediately warned. 

The Brewers' stewing, though, continued into the postgame clubhouse.  

From the Journal-Sentinel:

Asked if Karstens drilled him intentionally, Braun said, "Probably, yeah. It's rare for major league pitchers to miss by that much with a fastball. We play them about 17 more times (actually 13). Tell Mr. Selig, we'll see what happens. It's going to be interesting."

It certainly will be interesting, but we'll see if Braun's heads-up brings a pregame precautionary warning to The Crew from the crew. I like the Hammer taking matters into his own hands, though, and puffing up his chest to defend himself instead of letting others do it for him with a fastball. That's exactly the type of leader you want as the face of your franchise.

A big BLS nod to Chuckie Hacks for the brushback. 

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