Now I don't follow baseball too closely (mainly because with the exception of last year, the team of my heritage, the Milwaukee Brewers, haven't made the playoffs while I have been alive), but I felt the need to opine after Prince Fielder was plugged by former Brewer Guillermo Mota in the ninth inning of a 17-4 blowout for the Dodgers.
I have a few thoughts on this, and why, I feel, Prince Fielder was justified in being angry.
First, the game was noncompetitive. There was no need to do that at that stage of the game.
Second, the series didn't end yesterday. These two teams are playing again today. If you want to get revenge for ManRam, you could easily do so tonight. You wouldn't be reliving last year's NLCS against the Phillies, and it wouldn't feel like you're trying to add physical injury to emotional injury.
Third, the pitch with which Ramirez was hit was of questionable intent. He did not get much more than brushed by the pitch, it was not more than a few inches off the plate, and in general appeared more like one that got away rather than a purposeful nailing of the opposing team's best player.
All of these factors I believe justify Prince Fielder's anger, but not his actions. Trying to get at a player in the opposing team's locker room reflects poorly, both upon himself and his team.
I thought it was one of the coolest things when last year when I was living in Philadelphia I got to see the first ever Brewers playoff game during my lifetime. It was a rainy day and the Brewers lost to the Phillies, but at least I could say I was proud of my team.
Now, not only does deficient pitching have us struggling to stay in the wild card race, but the best hitter we have is acting in a way that is disgraceful to the game. So I say to any fellow Brewers fans out there: be angry with Mota, yes, but moreso be disappointed with Fielder.
There is no place for that type of behavior in baseball.