So by now you've probably all seen the news and the replays of the melee that ensued on Thursday night. Carlos Quentin was hit by a pitch and charged the mound, and Zack Greinke ends up with a busted collar bone. He's been suspended for eight games, which he's appealing, and being fined the paltry sum of $3,000 (not sure what that's supposed to do, buy Greinke a new uniform and repair the damage to the field?). Jerry Hairston Jr. of the Dodgers was also suspended for one game, which he will appeal as well.
From what I heard on the radio yesterday, Greinke had surgery on Saturday to insert a rod into his collar bone and will be out for 6-8 weeks.
I've drafted this post a few times (I actually started it on Friday), but between trying to choose my words tactfully and not wanting to sound too biased towards my beloved Padres, I ended up scrapping it all last night and wrote it this morning.
Here's my official reaction (i.e. opinion, which I realize is completely biased):
1) Quentin should've just taken his base. Coming around to score or getting a hit later is the best revenge. Shoot him a nasty glare if you'd like.
2) I'm willing to bet that Greinke wasn't trying to hit CQ (although who knows what he was thinking, the guy seems to be a head case). The only thing that makes me wonder is that Matt Kemp (who had some chin music earlier in the game) was the maddest guy on the field from the get go, and it seemed like he could've been looking for some possible retribution (this was actually brought to my attention by Vin Scully as I was watching the replay, so this was a possible solution that he offered, not me).
3) Carlos Quentin has said that "There is a history there, which is the reason I reacted like I did." He didn't lose it from one HBP, but he's been thrown at and hit multiple times by Greinke, who was a division rival during his White Sox days when Greinke was on the Royals. Former teammate Paul Konerko had this to say: "I think he was hit by three pitches, but if you watch the games I've watched, he's probably had more than five pitches that have gone over his head. So, you know, at some point, it's going to be the last straw, and that's what happened."
4) Greinke did nothing to diffuse the situation. Carlos was hit and took a few steps towards the mound. Greinke then yelled an expletive at him, upon which Quentin charged the mound and things got messy. I may be the few that agree with Quentin when he says that the situation would've been avoided had he not taunted him after plunking him, but Greinke antagonized him.
Ok, there's my bias. Here's a timeline that I borrowed from one of the many good articles on Grantland.com...