Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Let's FACE it, you don't bean someone up there

Take a good look at the two photos above.  Find anything in common?

Apparently if you're Ian Kennedy, you find nothing wrong with throwing at someone's head... twice.

That's what the main controversy was of the bench-clearing brawl Tuesday night between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks.  It led to six ejections and who knows how many suspensions and fines.  Here's the rundown of why it all happened:

1. Cody Ross was beaned (barely) in the hand leading off the fifth.  Jason Kubel hit a two-run homer next to make it 2-0.
2. Yasiel Puig was beaned in the nose with one out in the sixth and somehow remained in the game.  Andre Ethier (yes, really) tied the game with a two-run shot right after.
3. As a receipt for Puig nearly getting decapitated, Zack Greinke plunks Miguel Montero in the back leading off the seventh.  Benches clear, but nothing happens.
4. Instead of declaring everything done, Kennedy again goes headhunting and nails Greinke in the left shoulder with one out in the seventh.  All hell breaks loose after that.

So here we are again, with the Dodgers once again in the middle of a beanball war.  Last time it resulted in a broken collarbone for Greinke after Carlos Quentin bull rushed the mound in April.  This time it could have resulted in a broken nose for Puig, who amazingly escaped major harm or even a slight concussion.  That's a tough kid.

I know I come from the biased point of view of the Dodgers, but I also am not afraid to express my displeasure with them when needed.  And, uh... take a look at the numerous things they've done wrong already this year.  It's hard to put a positive spin on a team eight games under .500.

But with that said, I have no idea how the Dodgers are at fault here.  As I was watching the game, I had the Diamondbacks' broadcast on, and even they were debating if Ross was really hit in the fifth.  The other beaning was in the back of Montero, and NOT the head, to get even for Puig.  It should have been over after that.

The fault here is clearly with Kennedy, who took it upon himself to be the center of attention, ala Quentin a couple months ago.  It's bad enough that Puig got hit in the head, but then trying to do the same to Greinke is completely classless.  And in baseball terms, it's totally bush league.

Now it's up to Major League Baseball to determine the proper punishments.  Kennedy should, and BETTER, get the harshest one.  Because he plays once out of every five days, a wimpy suspension like 7-8 games does nothing.  How about more like 15?  That would make him miss 2-3 starts.  Seems appropriate for a guy who could've seriously injured not one but two key players for the Dodgers.  That's just ridiculous.

By the way, all of this nonsense seemed to light a rare fire in the Dodgers, as they rallied to win in the eighth.  Down 3-2, David Hernandez walked the bases loaded of Adrian Gonzalez, Ethier, and Juan Uribe.  Tim Federowicz had his best big league moment with a bases clearing double, making it 5-3.  Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.

Combine the big hits from Ethier and Federowicz along with the intensity the entire team showed in going after the Diamondbacks, and maybe the Dodgers just took a big step in regaining some toughness.

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