1. Prove that baseball players don't know how to fight.
2. Take part in a little schadenfreude. Nothing wrong with that, right?
Let's get to the list:
+50 points for the old guy doing the choke hold on the guy grabbing the catcher's suspenders.
Commentary: I don't know what started this brawl, or how it ended, but the Mr. Choke-Hold-Old-Guy better watch himself, lest he end up like Don Zimmer (see below).
7. A-Rod v. Jason Varitek, 2004
6. Clemens v. Piazza's Broken Bat, 2000
Cause: Piazza broke his bat.
+100 to Piazza for breaking his bat in Roger's general direction.
+50 to Clemens for roid-rage overreacting
-50 to Clemens for throwing the bat at Piazza from the set position instead of the wind-up.
Commentary: Instead of misdirecting his anger, Clemens should have snapped the broken bat barrel over his knee a-la Carlos Zambrano. 'Roids make you do some crazy stuff.
5. Coco Crsip v. James Shields, yesterday
Cause: Shields plunked Coco in the leg.
+100 points to Shields for the wicked looking haymaker.
-80 points for missing.
+50 points to Coco for the Matrix-esque footwork.
+50 points to Coco for having a breakfast cereal named after him.
Commentary: If they continue whiffing on punches like those, the Rays will always be just a second place team.
Cause: Roger Clemens threw at Manny Ramirez which cleared the benches.
Commentary: Where does Zimmer get off picking a fight with someone 1/3 his age? The whole fracas sent him to the hospital. Wonder if the thinks it was worth it.
+200 points to Ryan for the headlock.
+50 points to Ventura for picking a fight with Nolan Ryan.
-25 points for losing.
+50 points to Ryan for being able to sign these pictures for the rest of his life.
Commentary: Don't mess with Texas.
I guess after looking over the list, there are a few baseball players who can fight, but most just throw punches and look foolish. Of all the great baseball fights out there those are only the ones that come to mind right now. Add your favorite if you feel like it. Just don't mess with Texas.