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This Type of Nonsense; I Cannot Explain…
This game is already intense. A fight has already broke out between James Shields and Coco Crisp after shields hit him with a 91mph fastball to Coco’s legs. This has been brewing for the last 24 hours and I wasn’t surprised that this happened ( in the 2nd inning which is a lil’ quick).
Coco stayed calm for a second after getting hit, and suddenly he used his amazing speed to beat the catcher Dave Navarro to the mound. When he approaches the mound full-speed to reach Shields, the pitcher throws a hurling right punch, and Coco swiftly ducks away from it ( like a boxer; his father was a boxer as said in his bio.), and lands a decent shot to the side of James Shield’s head.
Video of the Fight
These fights do not last long, and this one follows the same time structure as the catcher and other Rays’ players surround Crisp and take him down. There were a lot of sneak punches pulled by Carl Crawford and others while he was on the ground, but the only ejections ( that I noticed ) was Shields and Crisp after the fight concluded.
There will be suspensions, and multiple replays of the incident for all of you to see.
What DID surprise me is not only Manny’s game ( currently he has drove in five runs ), but after the inning where he drove in runs with the bases loaded, the camera cues in on Manny behind restrained by four players from Kevin Youkilis.
There is no audio, and it is hard to decipher what the hell is going on, but I had to write this because it is rare to see Manny show ANY emotion. Ever. He has been ridiculed by his teammates before, and has shrugged it off with total Manny-being-Manny nonchalance. He has been thrown at constantly by opposing pitchers, and have had horrible pitches get called strikes, only to see him walk away with a demeanor as calm as Corona 16-ounce facing the a beach sunset.
The fire and intensity he showed toward Youkilis had to have been something incredible, because Ramirez hasn’t showed this type of ire since running after Clemens in the 2003 ALCS.
This is strange. And Youkilis is another player I could rarely see voicing anything against his players, no less the best hitter on the squad. Maybe the post-game conference will shed some light on this situation. These things are always in-house with the Sox; I doubt we will get any information to make sense of Manny going insane.
Just weird. I have never seen Manny go after another player. During a game with a huge fight, the Red Sox comfortably winning, and Manny hitting better than he has been doing all year, the timing for this altercation between two great players is strange. Hopefully, not an ominous sign of any other trouble that could come down the road.