Posada triggers brawl between Yanks, Jays
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Yankee fans are wondering where Joba Chamberlain was during the brawl. Word is the front office guys have him on a strict one-punch limit.
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Posada and Carlson got into a scrap near the New York dugout, leading to a frenzied, bench-clearing brawl during the
“It got pretty heavy and pretty thick pretty quickly,” New York slugger
Carlson motioned toward Posada as the benches and bullpens emptied, though the teams never got close to each other and order was quickly restored.
But moments later, a nasty rumble broke out.
After scoring on
“As he ran past Carlson, he gave him a little shove with his elbow. It was very unsportsmanlike,” Joyce told a pool reporter. “It was a cheap shot.”
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Posada spun around, sidestepped Joyce and came back at Carlson, who took a high swing with a punch that missed. The two wrestled to the ground as the benches and bullpens emptied and other scuffles broke out near home plate.
“He was just right there on the line to the dugout. We got carried away and hopefully that’s the end of it,” the 38-year-old Posada said. “I don’t want my kids to see that. … Fight in the middle of the field, benches clearing – that’s a bad example.”
“Once he crossed the plate and threw that elbow at me or whatever, I just said, ‘Let’s go,”‘ Carlson said. “I’m probably the smallest guy in MLB and we were right near their dugout, so I was just hoping I got out of there all right.”
When things finally settled down, there was catching equipment strewn all over the field behind home plate. New York pitchers
The 6-foot-1, 160-pound Carlson, also ejected, was left with a large red knot on the left side of his forehead.
“We were wrestling or whatever and we both went down to the ground. We were kind of right near their dugout and kind of got trampled on for a little bit. I was trying to cover up and I’m not sure who it was, but somebody moved my hands out of the way and got in a shot,” Carlson said. “I’m fine. It doesn’t even hurt.”
Carlson declined to apologize and said he didn’t throw at Posada intentionally.
“It was a fastball in and I yanked it. Just a bad pitch,” he said.
Once umpires review the tape and report to Major League Baseball disciplinarian Bob Watson, Posada and Carlson are likely to be suspended and fined. Perhaps others, too.
“I don’t know if that was too smart. They have a lot more to lose than we do,”
Girardi appeared to get hit in the face with a fist from Toronto infielder
“It’s all right. I don’t think anyone was trying to hit me,” Girardi said, adding that he spoke to his team after the game about focusing on the pennant race. “I thought the umpires did a good job, pulling people off, but it’s hard when people have 35-man rosters and they’re running in from all directions.”
McDonald said he didn’t throw a punch at Girardi.
The game was interrupted for about 10 minutes. When play resumed, there were only three umpires on the field. During the fight, third base ump and crew chief Derryl Cousins was hit in the knee by a bottle full of soda that he said was thrown from the stands.
“Doctor checked it out. Nothing is broken. There’s going to be a bruise. It’s just painful,” Cousins said.
NOTES: Halladay is 18-6 with a 2.84 ERA in his career against the