Re: Of the zillion or so new guys!!!
- From: OceanView <me@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2006 21:13:46 GMT
"BadgerBC" <neilrichardson3819@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in
<<There's a probably enough material out there for a book
on baseball bench-clearings. I remember one with the Sox
and O's many years ago, as told by Jim Rice. Rice was
jawing with somebody, getting a little animated when heard
and felt footsteps. He looked behind him to see Boog
Powell ,who's about 6'6" 240. "Jimmy, you and I are gonna
sit this one out." Needless to say, he complied.
Can you imagine the carnage these two would leave in their
wake if they decided to get involved? Must be Boog could.
The players these days are bigger and faster, but I still
think the brawls in the old days were far nastier. By this
I mean I actually thought someone might get hurt instead of
the usual jostling and dancing. The old Dodgers-Giants
fights (e.g., Reggie Smith vs the SF fans,
Marichal-Roseboro, etc) and the Yankee-Red Sox fights in
the 1970s were far more intense. Going back even further,
you've had Martin pummeling Clint Courtney and breaking his
jaw. Or Martin and Piersall settling their accounts after
the game. These days you've got pitchers throwing punches
like girls (not to mention using their pitching hand).
In one of those big brawls, Bill Lee blew out his shoulder for
I don't know if they were any nastier on average, but since
the days of the DH, there have sure been more of them in the
AL. Since the pitcher hasn't have to stand in the batter's
box after plunking the other team, he's more likely to throw
at somebody. And the only way the other team can retaliate is
usually to throw at your best hitters, which escalates the
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