Detroit Tigers

At Rick Porcello: Why Did It Have to Be Youkilis?

Amanda BrunoCorrespondent IAugust 12, 2009

Today it was announced that Detroit Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello and Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis were both suspended for five games and fined by Major League Baseball because of their roles in the bench clearing brawl that happened Tuesday night.

Tigers pitcher Edwin Jackson was also fined.
Porcello purposely aimed a 90-mile-per-hour fastball at Youkilis, which hit him on the left upper arm. Youkilis didn't even think and immediately charged the mound, chucking his helmet at Porcello, who was taunting him, putting out his arms, "what are you going to do about it?"
Both players were ejected in the second inning as Chris Lambert replaced Porcello and Mike Lowell came in for Youkilis.
The ejection heavily favored Boston, as Lowell blasted two home runs off the bench and won the game 7-5. Lambert gave up five runs, five hits (three home runs), walked four, and struck out three.
That's karma alright.
Here's what happened before the aftermath of the bench clearing brawl.
In the top of the first inning, Sox rookie, Junichi Tazawa hit Miguel Cabrera in the left-hand. In the bottom half of the inning, Porcello threw at Victor Martinez, but wasn't successful in hitting him. 
In the bottom of the second with Youkilis leading off, Porcello didn't miss that time.
So out of everyone in the Red Sox starting lineup, why did Porcello have to choose to hit Youkilis? Why couldn't he wait for not Kevin Youkilis to come up? David Ortiz was in the on deck circle then Jason Bay followed, so it's not like he had a good picking either, but the matter of the fact is it was flat out ridiculous.
If Detroit really felt that Tazawa was intentionally trying to hit Cabrera on an 0-2 count then they clearly have issues that need to be addressed. 
The bean balling was a continuation from Monday night's game, which surprisingly no on got tossed from, but why do professional ballplayers have to act like 10-year-olds sometimes?
Porcello was being ridiculous and deserve to be charged there's no question about it. And to think that this wasn't even a Red Sox/Yankees game. Prior to this series, Boston and New York played four games and there wasn't anything even close to a brawl. 
Funny how these things work.
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