Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - There is only one person to blame for what
happened between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres on Thursday and
that is San Diego outfielder Carlos Quentin.
Fights happen, but this one was completely unnecesary.
In case you didn't see what happened, Dodgers righty Zack Greinke hit Quentin
with a pitch leading off the sixth inning. Quentin took a step toward the
mound and after Greinke apparently said something, he charged him, setting off
a wild brawl.
During the melee, Greinke suffered a broken collarbone and will be sidelined
indefinitely. It'll probably be a six-to-eight-week injury with another couple
of weeks of getting his arm back in shape. And who knows if there will be
suspension on top of it.
So, it's not crazy to think Greinke, who inked a 6-year, $147 million deal
with the Dodgers this offseason, may not be heard from again until the All-
And, of course, that wasn't something that sat well with Dodgers manager Don
"He should not play a game until Greinke can pitch," Mattingly said about
Quentin. "If he plays before Greinke pitches, something is wrong. Their guy
charges the mound being an idiot and our guy is going to be out for however
long and their guy is probably going to be playing in three days. It's a
Now if anyone thinks Greinke was throwing at Quentin, they need to have their
head examined. Sure, Greinke had hit him on two other occasions, but a lot of
people have hit Quentin. He's led the league in that category in each of the
last two seasons and on a per-plate appearance basis, he's the most plunked
"For me, I've been hit by many pitches in my career," Quentin said. "I think
you guys know that. I can tell you, I've never responded in that fashion, so
you guys can do your homework on that. For me, the situation is done. That's
Not helping Quentin's case any was the fact that it was a 3-2 count in a one-
"I hear he went to Stanford," Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp said of Quentin.
"People with good baseball IQs, with a one-run lead in the sixth inning and a
3-2 pitch. I've heard smart people go to Stanford, but that wasn't too smart."
Kemp seemed to be the most heated about what had transpired and even had a
run-in with Quentin after the game as the Dodgers were about to board the
"That stuff happens in the minor leagues," Kemp said of Quentin's actions,
"not the big leagues."
Quentin, who had been hit earlier in the series, stated after the game that
Greinke had indeed said something to him. The two actually had to be separated
once before back in 2009 when Greinke pitched for the Kansas City Royals and
Quentin played for the Chicago White Sox.
"That was the final straw," Quentin said. "That could have been avoided as
"But like I said, there's a history there. There's a reason why I reacted the
way I did. Who knows what happens if he doesn't say anything. Or if he motions
that it wasn't intentional."
Yes, Greinke may have said something, but the thing that tips the blame
squarely toward Quentin is the fact that several players on the Padres
actually apologized to some of the Dodgers for what had happened.
Well, these teams meet again next week, and as the Dodgers' official Twitter
account posted late last night, "See you on Monday in Los Angeles".
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