Fan Interference: Rays and Tigers Retaliate Without a Fight

By: Justin Pawlowski E-Mail: Twitter: @CommishOnline

I find myself rooting for fights and bench-clearing brawls in baseball like Nascar fans root for a wreck. Baseball is such a slow and tedious that lacks excitement a majority of the time.

What I do not like is when a pitcher hides behind his team and shows zero toughness by throwing at an opposing batter on purpose.  This is especially true for an American League pitcher who will face zero consequences for his actions.  This is exactly what Fernando Rodney displayed on Saturday night.

After Saturday night’s game, Tiger’s manager Jim Leyland was not happy.

“I don’t care about throwing inside, but I don’t like it up there,” Leyland said. “We will not tolerate that. You can take that to the bank. We won’t tolerate that up at the head, with anybody, not (just) Cabrera, but anybody. I’m not accusing anybody of anything, but we won’t tolerate that. If you’re going to just rare back and throw it, you can’t throw it there. If you throw it down at the legs in or something for a purpose, I don’t have any problem with that. But not upstairs.

“That’ll cause a lot of problems for people,” Leyland continued. “That’s as simple as it is. That’s not a good idea. That’s not acceptable. If you want to throw inside, I have no problem with that. The old (expletive) about the one getting away, he’s pitched long enough that they don’t get away up there in that area, in my opinion. That won’t be tolerated. You can take that to the bank. That’s not acceptable. Like I say, if you want to throw down at the legs, or you’re throwing, trying to come in there. And I’m not saying he was trying to hit him or anything, but you’re going to throw head-high in there, that’s not acceptable.”

The Tigers would respond immediately on Sunday when Rick Porcello would throw and hit Ben Zobrist in the 1st inning.  At that point, I was really hoping for a real fight, but at the very least just let this thing go to bed.

I was disappointed when Orestes Destrada was giving reasons why the Rays could not throw at a batter in the 8th inning of the game because they were only up by 2 runs.  He said that if they were up by more, they could retaliate and have Kyle Farnsworth throw at a batter. Why?  You’re going to retaliate against the Tigers retaliation?  Why not clear the benches after Zobrist got hit and finish the fight like men?  Why throw at another guy’s head?

It’s just pathetic to me and another reason that some sort of fighting should be legal in baseball. It would even the playing field between batters and pitchers, while also cutting down on batters being thrown at because the cowardly pitchers would be exposed.

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