Dodgers get early chance at payback
In the new Jackie Robinson biopic "42", Harrison Ford, playing famed GM Branch Rickey, tells his Robinson that the Dodgers need him to be strong enough to not fight back.
On Monday, when the Dodgers celebrate Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium, will the real-life players be able to do the same?
If the Dodgers are looking for retribution following Thursday's brawl with the Padres that left $147 million pitcher Zack Greinke with a broken collarbone that will keep him out two months, Don Mattingly's club may not have to wait long. The Padres visit Dodger Stadium on Monday, though without Carlos Quentin; Major League Baseball handed an eight-game suspension to the guy who charged the mound and took out Greinke, and Quentin dropped his appeal Sunday and will begin serving it.
The first assault on Quentin was on his Wikipedia page. And it was pretty funny:
Carlos Quentin's Wikipedia is amazing right now twitter.com/missnighthawk/…— M to the O to the (@missnighthawk) April 12, 2013
The brawl started Thursday night when Greinke hit Quentin with a pitch and the Padres outfielder charged the mound, taking down the pitcher and breaking his left collarbone amidst a bench-clearing melee. Greinke had plunked Quentin twice in the past when they were members of the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox, respectively.
While Quentin and Greinke got the festivities going, from the video below, clearly the most fired-up guy on the field was Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp.
You can also watch the video here.
Apparently, Kemp was so fired up, he confronted Quentin after the game.
Matt Kemp (left) and Carlos Quentin go face-to-face after Thursday's game. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP Images)
And good thing this guy's idea didn't come to fruition.
Carlos Quentin is a punk..... Greinke is not gonna hit someone on purpose with no outs in a one run game ...... #bushleague— andyroddick (@andyroddick) April 12, 2013
The suspension of Quentin has ignited a debate. Mattingly, the Dodgers skipper, wanted Quentin suspended for the length of Greinke’s absence. The right-hander will undergo surgery on Saturday and is expected to miss eight weeks. Quentin should be banned for at least a month, FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi writes.
Would the Dodgers seek retribution on a day designated to honor one of their greatest stars? Or would they simply let the celebration play out, and seek it Tuesday or Wednesday as the series continues?
Mattingly told FOX Sports Arizona on Friday that the Dodgers will not "start anything up."
"We are not MMA fighters or anything like that," Mattingly said. "We are trying to win baseball games. That’s what we are trying to do every day. We don’t need to lose any more players or anything like that."
Of course, Mattingly would never admit the Dodgers were planning to retaliate ... plus, there's no telling what an overzealous Dodgers fan or two might have in store.
The Magic Man made the Dodgers' position pretty clear:
Dodger Nation: The @dodgers will not be intimidated by anyone!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 12, 2013
Did the Dodgers use San Diego icon Ron Burgundy to hint at payback?
See you on Monday in Los Angeles: twitter.com/Dodgers/status…— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 12, 2013