Spring Training Fights Are Awesome!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I'm trying to find video for it now but it looks like New York might be a bit upset about the Rays playing hard in Spring Training.....

One day after Yankees manager Joe Girardi insisted his club would not retaliate for a violent home-plate collision in Saturday's game against the Rays, both clubs spilled onto the field at Progress Energy Park in a bench-clearing incident Wednesday.

In the first inning, Yankees starter Heath Phillips was ejected for throwing an up-and-in fastball to Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, grazing the batter and earning an immediate thumb from home-plate umpire Chad Fairchild.

In the home half of the first, the Yankees' Shelley Duncan escalated the incident by sliding hard into second base, clearing both benches. Play halted for several minutes as the two clubs engaged in shoving, and at least one punch appeared to be thrown.
Yes! There's nothing to make a pointless game even more pointless by fighting over a guy who was just trying to make the team. Video to come shortly. Oh and no.....Billy Crystal was not involved.

Update: Okay this is just wrong. Via The Sporting Blog....

Tempers flare in Yanks-Rays matchup (MLB)
Yanks, Rays Don't Play Nice at Spring Training (The Sporting Blog)

(Photo via Newsday)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 2:49 PM


That's breaking up a double-play... the hard way!

Draft King said...
Mar 12, 2008, 4:02:00 PM  

Evan Longoria...ha ha ha.

Anonymous said...
Mar 12, 2008, 4:07:00 PM  

Nobody fucks with Shelly Duncan. He's still pissed about Pearl Harbor.

GMoney said...
Mar 12, 2008, 4:09:00 PM  

Say what now? Eva Longoria and Sandy Duncan involved in a spring training brawl?

Anonymous said...
Mar 12, 2008, 4:13:00 PM  

Dammit! One game too early. Shoulda been you, Crystal.

Brandon Inge Sucks said...
Mar 12, 2008, 4:45:00 PM  

oh the irony

i happen to like baseball, a lot, but i can see why its so easy to make fun of...fighting because the other team was trying too hard.

selig should line all these guys up and give them all a kick in the balls for punishment...

Paterno Lives! said...
Mar 12, 2008, 4:48:00 PM  

They showed a bit of the fight on ESPNews (it was shot like it was done by NFL Films). Jonny Gomes, I think, came out of nowhere and shoved Duncan from behind, then the benches cleared.

Brandon Inge Sucks said...
Mar 12, 2008, 5:16:00 PM  

The yankee players are upset because they don't know what it means to actually 'try'.

If there's been a more underachieving team in baseball over the past 5-10 years, that would be tough to find.

Anonymous said...
Mar 12, 2008, 9:27:00 PM  

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