Sunday, July 17, 2005

« Fisticuffs in Detroit, now with less Artest »

By Suss
Tigers lose to the Royals 5-0, but when a brawl breaks out, nobody cares about the score.

The Tigers definitely won the brawl, when Carlos Guillen pleaded to the umpire he was grazed by a pitch in the leg. In the next pitch, pitcher Runelvys Hernandez plunks Guillen in the helmet.

"You don't miss like that on a lefty."
-Vance Wilson, Tigers' catcher
Benches clear, yadda yadda yadda.

The key video clip in this whole thing (and the video is in the link above) is Kyle Farnsworth's takedown of the Royals' Jeremy Affeldt. That's when the scuffle became a full-on happenings.

Kyle FarnsworthThe 6'4", 240-pound Farnsworth is used to body tackling people. On June 19, 2003, when Farnsworth pitched for the Cubs, he threw in inside pitch to Reds' batter Paul Wilson. Wilson squared to bunt and Farnsworth threw an inside pitch. The two threw down, and Wilson never had a chance. Farnsworth tackled him right into the ground, and the loser walked away Red-faced from shame, blood and uniform.

At least Farnsworth is picking in his own kind. Affeldt and Wilson are both pitchers, and they're not tiny men. Affeldt is 6'4", 220-pounds, and Wilson is 6'5", 211-pounds.

Needless to say, Farnsworth was ejected, as were his teammates Guillen and Jeremy Bonderman (he was furious and held back by several players throughout). On the Royals side: Hernandez (duh), manager Buddy Bell, catcher Alberto Castillo (getting into it with an ump)and outfielder Emil Brown.

But Affeldt was OK. He came into the game two innings later and pitched a scoreless eighth.