…before what Prince Fielder did last night.
In the eighth inning of this game, both Manny Ramirez, and Juan Pierre, the Dodgers’ left fielder and center fielder were both hit by pitches. In the ninth inning, in apparent retaliation, Dodgers’ closer Guillermo Mota hit Brewers first basemen Prince Fielder with a pitch and was thrown out. But what happened after the game was the most important, and not in a good way. Immediately following the game, Fielder stormed through the Dodgers’ dugout, and towards the clubhouse, looking for Mota.
Fielder, who was stopped at the clubhouse door by two teammates said after the game: “He tried to come inside. It just got away from him. It happens.” I have a question for Mr. Fielder. Then why did you try to break into the Dodgers’ clubhouse while shouting obscenities if “It just got away from him”?
Brewers manager Ken Macha tried to defend Fielder by saying that the eight inning HBP’s were not intentional, and therefore Mota shouldn’t have hit Fielder in the first place. “We’re not trying to hit anybody, OK? We’re losing by 13 runs. We’re trying to get 24 outs. We’re not trying to hit anybody. That kind of mentality, I think should be taken care of. We’ll see what happens. As far as I’m concerned, the guy [Mota] just hit him on purpose and then walked straight off the mound into the dugout.” My question for Mr. Macha. So your pitchers weren’t trying to hit the player [Ramirez] who had driven in three runs and hit a homerun against their team?
Mr. Macha also said that Mota should be severely disciplined “Giving [Mota] a $500 fine and a two-day suspension, that’s not enough. This kind of thing should be cleaned up.”
If anyone should be suspended it’s Mr. Fielder. His actions were detrimental to the game, and uncalled for.