Literally Busting Cubs Upside Their Heads
There’s been some talk about brawls lately involving the Padres. I’m not sure why that is, but I figured I’d better get in on it before it gets to be a tiresome subject.
What? It’s already a tiresome subject? Well, screw it. I’m going to write something about it anyway.
Vocal Minority brought up the Padres’ 1984 brawl with the Braves, where the legend of Shirtless Ed Whitson came from. But I also remember the brawl on July 7, 1987 with the Cubs in Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
And, wouldn’t you know it? The Padres are playing this week in Chicago, at Wrigley Field, and against the Cubs.
What are the odds?*
Did you hear that Zack Greinke hit Carlos Quentin? He did.
Did you hear that Carlos Quentin hit Zack Greinke? That also happened.
Did you see the internet and sports writers overreact a little bit? Nah, that didn’t happen. Never does.
There was a lot of sanctimony, of which I wanted to participate. However, the Quentin/Greinke brawl has been done to death. No, let’s take aim on something a little less recent: the 1984 Padres/Braves brawl.
As he entered the field to warm up, Braves pitcher Pascual Perez warned Padres leadoff hitter Alan Wiggins that he was going to hit him. He did.
A heinous, premeditated act by Perez. If I were to combine my anger with an irrationally large, arbitrarily selected number of games…I would say Perez deserves to be suspended for about 26 days.