Don Zimmer and Manny Ramirez should be fined. I did not see the later fight in the Yankees bullpen, but from what I read and heard, it sounds like the Yankee players involved should also be fined and the Red Sox organization should be fined for failing to control their employees -- the groundskeeper who at best acted provocatively in the bullpen.
I went into this game rooting for the Sox (now that my A's are out). I was hoping for a Cubs-Red Sox World Series. I can't believe I ended up rooting for the Yankees after this.
I've never been a fan of Roger Clemens -- he's a hot head -- but he's also one of the truly great pitchers. Amazingly, he kept his cool today. Perhaps he learned his lessons long ago. There's a good argument for not ejecting a player -- especially a key player in a playoff game. The counter argument is that it teaches the player to put the team first. Pedro and the Sox need to learn that one.
More. Tom Boswell described what happened yesterday as "a self-inflicted black eye:"
The Red Sox now trail this series two games to one and, in many eyes, seem more guilty of bad behavior than the New York team that the Boston front office has dubbed "the Evil Empire." This was the day when it was Red Sox Nation's turn to blush.He further articulates some of Zimmer's motivation for confronting Martinez:
Early in his career, Zimmer was considered a future star, but a beaning left him with a metal plate in his head and a warning from doctors that he was risking his life to stay in the game. He ended up playing a dozen seasons against their wishes. But, more than anyone, Zimmer has been a symbol, throughout his 55-year pro career, of what beanballs can do to a career. As soon as Martinez threw near Garcia's head -- the worst of all pitching sins -- Zimmer began screaming at him from the bench.Read the whole thing.
Even the Boston Globe had to acknowledge the pitch that Ramirez overreacted to was "hardly a menacing pitch; in fact, it was almost a strike . . ." Nevertheless, it tried to equivacate, saying that both teams behaved badly and gave "baseball" a black eye.