Late Tuesday night, first baseman and powerful slugger for the Milwaukee Brewers, Prince Fielder, stormed the castle – so to speak – when he tried, unsuccessfully, to enter the Dodgers’ clubhouse and start, well, we’re not sure what he wanted to start. Probably a fight though. And a fight with Dodgers pitcher (and former teammate) Guillermo Mota. The reason for this almost altercation? Probably the fact that Mota beaned Fielder in the ninth inning and seemingly on purpose.
You see earlier in the game Brewers’ relief pitcher Chris Smith had hit Manny Ramirez. So two innings later when Fielder got hit, he felt it was on purpose and in retaliation. A fair call? Hard to say. What isn’t hard to say though is how Fielder felt about it. In fact, if it hadn’t been for his teammates holding him back, things would have likely gotten a lot more ugly. And fast.
Speaking on Fielder’s behalf is Brewer Manager Ken Macha who said, “He’s been hit a lot…He doesn’t like when somebody does it on purpose.” Can’t say I blame him. However, it looks like MLB officials won’t be as sympathetic as there is already talk of fines and suspensions for Fielder.
However it turns out, I’m just glad they caught it on video. So for those who missed it last night (like me), here’s the video of Prince Fielder rushing the Dodgers’ clubhouse.
As to the game itself, the Dodgers won handily 17-4.