Did you see the benches-clearing brawl between the Phillies and Giants last week? It was… cool? The problem with baseball fights is that there are a lot of dudes, and a lot of space on the field, and a really intense fight between two very angry players can quickly become a half-hearted mosh pit of 40 or 50 guys.
I know there’s some serious stuff happening in the middle of that group, but most of it is just guys hanging around kind of being a little angry and maybe trying to throw a punch or restrain someone. It’s fun to watch for a minute or two, because baseball is usually such a controlled, paced game, there’s a real thrill when someone loses their cool and goes nuts.
Of course, that can result in injuries and suspensions, and when someone smashes someone else’s head in with a blunt object, it’s not perfectly choreographed like it is in pro wrestling. And a fight doesn’t have to be between two players, either. Umps take a lot of lip from players, and if, for example, your go-ahead home run is nullified because of something like, say, too much pine tar, it’s probably bound to make you pretty mad.
I dunno, I don’t really have anything more to say on the subject besides, “Hey, baseball fights! They happen.” It’s like balks. I don’t have a solution or an alternative or anything. It’s just a part of the game. A part of the game that can be exhilarating, terrifying or just kind of anticlimactic.
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