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Clashes in the Clubhouse

 

  After the fight between the Brewer’s Prince (I don’t eat meat) Fielder and Manny (No not that Manny) Parra took place Monday night and the Carolina Panther’s debacle with Steve Smith giving Ken Lucas an eye jammy late last week, It gives us the perfect opportunity to look at some of the all time great fights between teammates in the past. Not only is it interesting, but who doesn’t love a fight? Let’s look at the top five on my list.

 

     #5: Matt Garza vs. Dioner Navarro)(2008), we all know pitchers(Garza) andCather’s(Navarro) get into arguments now and again but I guess we all can’t get along as well as we should. Earlier in the year Garza and Navarro didn’t see eye to eye as Navarro started yelling and eventually shoving Garza for no apparent reason. Rumors have it Garza shook off two many pitches and Navarro wasn’t happy about it. The Rays currently lead the AL east Division over the Red Sox by 3 games.
     #4: Manny vs. Youkilis,(2008) After a brawl with Tampa Bay, Manny and Youkilis got into a shoving match in which Manny seemed to be the instigator. Youkilis threw his helmet after he struck out and Manny appeared to make a comment when Youkilis yelled something back and Manny back-handed Youk in the face. We all know how that worked out in Manny being traded for Jason Bay. We’ll see what happens, as of now both sides seem to be happy.
         

Zambrano pushing Michael Barret

Zambrano pushing Michael Barret

#3:  Michael Barret (Catcher) Vs.  Carlos Zambrano (pitcher) (2007) Another pitcher and catcher dispute in which Zambrano and Barret had a heated argument in the dugout which turned into  a shoving match and Zambrano was the aggressor. They eventually made nice and the Cubs won the Division in that year.

     #2:  Barry Bonds vs. Jeff Kent(2002) Bond’s and Kent have never seen eye to eye because Bond’s was a media hog and makes sure half the clubhouse is closed off and he gets what he wants. As Kent keeps his head down and puts up good numbers. Kent got sick of Bond’s big head (due to steroids and ego) and confronts and him when Bond’s shoves Kent multiple times. The Giants Won their division that year(they eventually  lost in the world series) but Kent was eventually traded.
       

Bill Romanowski

Bill Romanowski

  #1: #1 has to go to Bill Romanowski vs. Marcus Williams. (2004) Romanowski who later tested positive for steroids punched Williams straight in the eye. Romanowski busted Williams eye socket, and the worst part was it was on the practice field. (Roid Rage) Romanwoski wasn’t even suspended by the team because he was a good defender. Luckily for Williams the courts weren’t as nice to Romanowski and made him pay $325,000 to Williams because he could no longer see correctly. The Raiders finished dead last in the division that year going 4-12.

     A lot of fights have taken place over the years and some have motivated the teams and some have heart the teams. I’m not a big fan of fighting in the clubhouse because it’s a sign things have obviously gone wrong, but sometimes it seems to bring everyone together. Kind of like the theory that I can make fun of my family but no one else can make fun of my family approach. That is also assuming that the people involved care enough about the game they play to consider their teammates family.
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The Home Stretch!

    

Manny being Manny

Manny being Manny

 Well, Manny didn’t get traded for Farve like he wanted too, and while the Sox ownership would have traded him for a bag of doritos just to get rid of him, they actually added a lot more than it might look from the outside.  They only added one player who might not put up as high of numbers as Manny, but it was addition by subtraction. They lost a few home runs and a little flare, but they also lost 100% of the distraction’s. After watching the last few games in the post Manny error in Boston one can’t help but notice a fresh and energized team. Even caption JasonVeritek managed to get  on base two times saturday night and at least get on base on Sunday with a walk. Not much to brag about but since that seems like more than he’s done since lastchristmas it’s a start. The teams seems to be more into the games, and the crowd seems to be back in high spirits cheering and rooting on rather than just reacting as if it were asleep until someone goes yard.   

     I can’t lie and say I won’t miss Manny a little, o.k. a whole lot! I do how ever think it was time for him to go. To go to a new team, a new city, a new atmoshere where he might give a damn. As he was going he said “the sox don’t deserve a player like me.” Well at first it brought anger to sox fan’s everywhere but as I thought about it he was right. We don’t deserve to put up with him, his bigger than the game attitude and at times his non-hustle. In fact I’m sure it made guys like Varitek sick. Not to mention guys who leave everything on the field every night like Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedrioa who had too look on at Manny as he seemed to duck every team’s number one pitcher. Manny was one of the best hitters in baseball, and in my opinion he was the best right handed hitter in baseball. But Enough is enough.
     So it’s time for the home stretch. The last month and a half of baseball. The best and most exciting time of the year for baseball fans across America, and for the Red Sox it seems like they made the right move at the trade deadline. For the second time since the new ownership took over they got rid of their biggest problem. The club house cancer that thought they were bigger than the game. I applaud the fact that once again Theo Epstien had enough balls and, made a move that brought the team together. The Sox seem poised to make a strong run and at least make the division interesting. We’ll see who pulls it out in the end weather it be the RedSox, Rays, or the Yanks at least I can say the Red Sox put the best team of the field they could.
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Trade deadline blunders!

As the trade deadline approaches and teams make a push for the division title and world series trophy the same question always arises. Should the general manager make a move or not. Most fans say of course they should. But how much is too much to pay.  We’ve seen many trade deadline moves that help teams like the Red Sox dumping Nomar (I’m faking hurt) Garciaparra for Orlando Cabrera (who some say should still be their starting shortstop) and Dave Roberts who stole second base in the ALDS and triggered the miracle comeback down 3-0 to the Yankees. 
     At the same time we’ve seen many teams make some pretty bone headed moves trying to make the move that puts them over the edge. Eric Gagne anyone?  Last year The sox sent Kason Gabbard, David Murphy and Engel Beltre to the Rangers for Gagne. Not looking too good of a trade now considering Gagne earned the nick name “gag me” Gagne. This trade comes to mind as a Sox fan, lets go back to some all time blunders shall we. A glaring trade stands out back in ’04 when the Mets sent Scott Kazmir and Jose Diaz to Tampa Bay for Victor Zambrano and Bartolome Fortunato. Ouch.!! How’d that trade work out for you Omar? Someone must have lost their job for that one. Or how About the Oakland A’s dealt one time home run king Mark McGwire to the Cardinals for pitchers T.J. Mathews, Eric Ludwich and Blake Stein. Ever heard of any of those guys. I have I think one of them washed my windshield as I was stopped at a red light last week. Here’s another good one for you, The mariners sent Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek to the Red Sox for Heathcliff Slocumb in 1997. D-Lowe pitched a no hitter and and Varitek has caught 4 no-hitters and helped win two world championships. Meanwhile Slocumb is now changing tires at the local Super Wal-Mart. Now for the official Trojan’s boner of the week. The Red Sox traded Jeff Bagwell to the Houston for reliever Larry Anderson in 1990. Who?? Larry Anderson???? Bagwell was a freakin Hall of Famer. Great move there. The Sox Regretted that one for just over a decade.   

  So before you go yelling at Theo Epstein or jumping off the Tobin bridge (If your in Boston) because he didn’t make a move just be glad he didn’t trade Manny Ramirez and Craig hansen for Boof Bonser or Dan wheeler. Although at the current time he still has about 28 hours to do so. The Sox are in need of middle relief so I shouldn’t speak too soon. Hopefully the Sox brass would double think the moves so they don’t end up making the terrible moves of the previous ownership and the old GM Dan douquette.  
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