|The June 11th beanball war and resulting brawl had a lot of old-timers grappling with each other (photo by Gary A. Vasquez/ USA Today Sports)|
When the Dodgers and Diamondbacks brawled back on June 11th, the result of a beanball war that many consider to be the event that solidified the Dodger team together, the coaches and managers involved in the melee looked like a 1980s/early 90s who’s who of baseball stars.
|(photo by Mark J. Terrill/AP)|
“They panned down to the dugout, and they were jamming bananas in their mouths and really just making a mockery of us," Towers said. "I just said if I had a carton full of balls sitting next to me, I would have thrown it in their dugout. I was just tired of getting beat up," said Towers in a mlb.com interview weeks later.
|Kirk Gibson and Kevin Towers (photo by Jake Roth/US Presswire)|
What to expect from the D-Backs next year is anyone’s guess, but knowing Gibson’s history, he’ll want to send a message, and that isn’t that he’s got a “soft” side.
I expect there will be some interesting moments between these two teams in 2014. You are right that the D'Backs didn't look like a Gibson team for a large portion of the season.ReplyDelete
However, if Towers thinks throwing at some Dodger hitters will cure his D'Back ills he is sadly mistaken. It might appease him and make it seem his team is tough but that's not what counts. What counts is the real play on the field - hitting, pitching, running, fielding.
Throwing at guys never solves anything, results in injuries, and leads to more throwing at guys. That is one aspect of the game I abhor. It isn't a solution, in my opinion, it is a problem. Most of the controversy around the game comes from unwritten rules. I continue to find that strange. It's a kid's game played by men who act like kids.