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We Remember: Izzy Alcantara Kicks Catcher Before Charging Mound

Kyle NewportFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 13, 2017

On this date 13 years ago, one of the most memorable brawls in baseball history occurred during a minor league game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons.

Most baseball "fights" just involve a lot of pushing and screaming. That wasn't the case in this one.

Red Sox outfielder Izzy Alcantara, who was leading the International League in batting average and home runs, was brushed back on an inside pitch by Red Barons pitcher Blas Cedeno. Alcantara took exception to the brushback pitch, and he did the unthinkable.

Before charging the mound, Alcantara kicked Red Barons catcher Jeremy Salazar. That sparked a benches-clearing brawl.

Four players, including the batter and pitcher, were fined and suspended for their roles in the brawl. Alcantara received a six-game suspension, and Cedeno was banned for one game.

[YouTube, h/t CBS Sports]

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