Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Lame-o Brawl in Beantown

August 11 was shaping up to be just another long, summer night on the baseball schedule. But then the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox decided to liven things up with their attempt at base-brawlin'.

Now, I'm not a violent person, but I do love a good ole brawl. Whether it's hockey, baseball, basketball (snicker) or some other sport, just the sight of all that mayhem is mezmerizing to me.

When the Throwdown in Beantown got going, it sure looked like it was going to be a Grade A brawl.

It all started in the top of the first inning, when Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa hit Tiger Miguel Cabrera. Then, in the bottom half of the inning, Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello threw inside to Victor Martinez, then hit Kevin Youkilis prompting Youk to charge the mound.

In a rare occurence, Youkilis ACTUALLY got to the pitcher. But like many baseball brawls, there was a whole lot of hugging and glares and "why I oughtta"s...but not much actual fighting. Before you knew it, the whole thing was over.

Click here to see it unfold.

The guys I feel sorry for in all of this? Those relief pitchers who sprint all the way in from the outfield.

They see Youkilis charge the mound and go "Fiiiiiiight! Lets get in there...and kick some ass!" But by the time they get there, it's over.

Mind you, they are relief pitchers, they could use a good jog now and then.

Anyhow, the whole thing, from when Youkilis charged the mound, to everything settling down, lasted a lame :20.

It all looked so promising! But in the end, the brawl gets a D+...barely!

Better luck next time boys.



  1. I too miss the days of a good old-fashioned bench clearing brawl. Even junior hockey has cleaned up its act.

  2. Ah yes Jordan!
    I've spent many hours surfing the net watching old brawls.
    For some good old fashioned Queen's Park mayhem, search "New Westminster Bruins."
    Or, check out "Boston Bruins go into the stands in New York"...CLASSIC! Mike Milbury in the stands hitting a fan with his own shoe!

  3. Of course, the granddaddy of them all: the Punch Up at Piestany.

    The lights going out at the World Jr's: Canada vs. the Soviets. Awesomeness, as Don Wittman goes nuts in the broadcast booth.

    The rosters for those teams are like a walk down memory lane:

    Canada - Hawgood, Wesley, Fleury, Keane, Shanahan, Turgeon.
    USSR - Fedorov, Konstantinov, Malakhov, Mogilny, Zelepukin

  4. You had me until you said "Zelepukin"...he doesn't exist in ANY of my trips down memory lane!

  5. Valeri Zelepukin? Always loved saying Pukin'.