Jose Bautista grimaced as he gingerly slid his right shoulder into his white Blue Jays top preparing for the team picture Wednesday afternoon.
The next round of the Bautista-Baltimore birds battle would have to wait.
“I re-aggravated my shoulder on the throw to first base,” Bautista said, “I made a stupid throw I shouldn’t have made. I got caught up in the emotion of the moment.”
There was emotion at the Rogers Centre Tuesday?
Delmon Young led off the eighth with a sharp single and Bautista came up throwing trying to get Young at first — as he did when he threw out Billy Butler.
He’d gone to his position after being challenged by Adam Jones and half of the Orioles dugout. The inning before O’s reliever Jason Garcia, a Rule V pick from the Boston Red Sox who was at class-A Greenville a year ago, had thrown behind Bautista. Bautista homered and as he slow-strolled out of the batterès box and was hooted at the Baltimore infield.
“Why do they even throw a pitch anywhere near him?” asked a visiting scout. “All they do is stirr up up. I’ve never seen anyone be able to get buzzed like that and then hit the ball out. What’s that saying about letting sleeping dogs lie?”
Added another “On Tuesday Bautista was the only guy Orioles pitchers were getting out — I don’t think the kid was throwing at him, he walked a bunch in class-A the year before.”
There was plenty of neck veins about to pop and insults screamed leading to anticipation Wednesday would see one of those dumb bench-clearing brawls. That ended with the Bautista injury.
Dioneer Navarro remembers 2008 with the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park when James Shields hit Coco Crisp.
“Coco played it like he was going to first and then took off for the mound, Shields swung and missed,” Navarro said. “I grabbed Coco and put him in a head lock.”
DeMarlo Hale was there that night as a coach with the Boston Red Sox.
“I remember Edwin Jackson coming off their bench swinging, I grabbed Shields but I was wearing turf shoes, I slipped and down the two of us went,” Hale said. “I talked to James after, he understood.”
Hale recalls a Kevin Gregg-David Ortiz dust up and Kevin Youkilis chargingRick Porcello, then of the Detroit Tigers.
Mark Buehrle, in his 16th season, remembers Chicago White Sox battery mate A.J. Pierzynski sliding home on a bang-bang play against the Chicago Cubs’ Michael Barrett.
“A.J. kind of bumped into Barrett picking up his helmet and Barrett hit him,” Buehrle. “The one everyone always talked about was when Robert Fick(Tigers) hit Keith Foulke and cut him open. That was before I was called up.”
Blue Jays broacaster Buck Martinez was with the 1977 Kansas City Royals when Bump Wills of the Texas Rangers was caught in a rundown between home and third. About to be tagged Wills fell on purpose hoping Darrell Porterwould run past him. Porter applied the tag and as the saying goes … words were exchanged.
“Here comes Willie Horton out of the dugout trying to get at Porter, no one wanted to mess with him,” Martinez said. “Horton was wearing one of those shell jackets, George Brett grabbed him by the arm and ripped it. Horton eyes got big and he gave George a double judo chop to the shoulders.
“That brawl lasted 25 minutes in three different locations. They had a big team — John Ellis, Ken Henderson, Jim Fregosi — Pat Corrales was a coach and he was popping our guys. Juan Beniquez ran around hitting our guys on the head.”
The worst brawl we ever saw was the San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves in 1984. It was August. It was hot. It was humid. And the game was in Atlanta.
Braves’ Pascual Perez hit Alan Wiggins in the back with the first pitch of the game. Padres pitchers, Ed Whitson and Greg Brooker, threw at Perez his first three at-bats. Each missed. Craig Lefferts hit Perez in the elbow in the eighth and Perez began swinging his bat. At Padres.
Champ Summers chased Perez into the dugout where he was guarded by Braves slugger Bob Horner, who took Summers to the ground with help of two fans from the stands. Kurt Bevacqua went atop the dugout to fight Braves fans. In all 13 players coaches and managers were ejected during the three brawls.
Martinez recalled a 1974 game against the White Sox when Vada Pinsonscored and pitcher Stan Bahnsen, who was backing up the plate, caught the ball, threw the ball and hit Pinson in the leg. And it was on …
“John Mayberry hit Jim Kaat in the face,” Martinez said. “That brawl went on a while and we heard Big John say ‘I can’t move, I can’t move.’”
Dick Allen had locked up the massive Mayberry.
The most infamous Blue Jays brawl was at Exhibition Stadium when Boston’sBruce Kison hit George Bell. Bell charged the mound and delivered a not-so-high karate kick. Jim Rice grabbed Bell in the Jays dugout.
One night in Arlington, Tex. in 1987, Mike Loynd hit Lloyd Moseby and Moseby charged the mound. Loynd wound up by third base as Jays general manager asked “what was that pitching for the Rangers? He looked like a University of Texas Longhorns corner back.”
And of course there was the 2013 Mexico-Team Canada dust up in the World Baseball Classic where lefty Jay Johnson scored a knockout.