Padres players uniting Dodgers and Giants fans, D-Backs next to join Pads?


How many scuffles can a Giants fan say they remember off the top of their head from the 2013 season? If the answer is less than “three,” they’ve already forgot about the famous Carlos Quentin and Zack Greinke collarbone incident. Or maybe the Zack Greinke and Miguel Montero (and Eric Hinske, I guess, right, MLB?) episode. Don’t mind Dodger fans if they didn’t hear about the Giants-Padres scuffle from yesterday, daytime games are a little tougher to keep track of, and the Dodgers were playing a doubleheader on Wednesday, as well. @MLB has noticed the NL West has been “feisty,” and credit blogger of Dodger happenings and GIFs Chad Moriyama for the title of this piece:

Jun 19, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Diego Padres first baseman Jesus Guzman (15) motions toward San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (not pictured) during the second inning at AT

It’s nice that I can talk to my wife and say, “how about those Padres?” and see her face turn sour and think to myself, “Gosh, I love this woman.” Things have become so angry I’ve even made an album on Imgur of all the “angry baseball” in the NL West. The album also includes the Mexico-Canada brawl from the WBC.

Trip down memory lane for sure.

I mean, whether you’re a Giants fan or Dodgers fan, how much do you like this celebration if it’s hit against your team?

This isn’t even a walk-off shot. It’s in the 8th inning of a game. Jesus Guzman doesn’t hit many homers, but when he does, I guess he milks every moment out of it.

Since Madison Bumgarner threw behind Guzman, now you have the Padres feeling pretty chippy towards the Dodgers AND the Giants now, and the chippy feelings are definitely going back at them, too.

Apr 11, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin (bottom right) is at the bottom of a pile as he and Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (middle left) during the bench clearing brawl during the sixth inning after Quentin was hit by a pitch from Greinke at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Then you had the Dodgers and Diamondbacks going at it. Sure there was history there, but now I’m wondering when the next scuffle in the NL West happens and whom it happens between? Jesus Guzman showed you don’t need to have a beef with a team going into a series to predict that tensions are going to be high, he did that all on his own. Before I go any further, let me make a disclaimer that I am not a proponent of hitting or throwing at players, but I realize how fragile the emotions of baseball players are when we talk about showing up other teams.

There’s roughly ninety games of baseball left. That’s a lot of time more more hurt feelings, but if the Diamondbacks went at the Giants, you’d see a very unusual alliance of Giants-Dodgers vs. DBacks-Padres because sometimes fan feelings become “I always want to see that team lose no matter what,” and for some people, cheering for the Dodgers, even if it’s against a team that’s close to the Giants in the standings, might be a little weird. I really don’t like cheering for the Dodgers, even if it’s logical to do sometimes. Call it one of my many faults.

So Diamondbacks players and Giants players, and heck all the rest of the baseball players, can we avoid showing up other teams and throwing at them? Although the brawls are great for site views, I’m pretty positive that’s not sending the right message to the fans of the game and the kids we want to pass the game on to.