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Maybe Zack ignored him then, allowing Quentin show all his buddies on the bench who the intimidator was.
Greinke responds with something defiant, not apologetic. He had an opportunity to show the pitch was unintentional.
But look at it from Greinke's perspective. He just hit a guy leading off the inning in a tight game against a division rival. He hit Quentin with a pitch that was only a few inches inside and Quentin had made no effort to get out of the way. And this is a guy who gets hit all the time. Greinke was probably just as pissed as Quentin.
The question posed in the article is whether Quentin -- regardless of whether he is right or wrong about Greinke hitting him on purpose (I think he's wrong) -- did something that was less baseball and more assault.
Lester Munson, a legal analyst at ESPN, compared the Bertuzzi attack to the bounties placed on NFL players: “Even Warner and Favre, known targets of bounty hits, have acknowledged that they are part of the NFL culture. Bertuzzi’s attack on Moore, however, is one of a kind. It may be the most vicious attack in the history of team sports.”
Agreed. Those of you blaming Grienke, what would you say to a batter who leans in over the plate and didn't make an effort to get out of the way? I doubt very much you are going to say "my bad."
Then I guess he should have ignored him Thursday too. Might be pitching tonight if he had.
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