Last year in NLCS, Hanley Ramirez was drilled in the ribs by the Cardinals. The broken rib cost him the remainder of the series and likely cost the Dodgers the NL Championship.
Saturday, Yasiel Puig was hit by Cardinal pitching, costing him at least a few games.
Then yesterday, Hanley was hit not once, but twice. Clayton Kershaw retaliated by drilling Matt Holliday. Holliday jawed a little bit which was stupid, as Kershaw told him to go to first base. Holliday has been around and knows how the game is played.
I applaud Clayton Kershaw for drilling Holliday immediately, but this is far from over.
Cardinal pitchers routinely come inside, way inside, to the Dodgers best hitters. Whether the intent to hit them was there or not is irrelevant – THEY DID HIT THEM – that is what is relevant! And… they are going to keep doing it until the Dodgers put a stop to it. In order to stop this, there is going to have be a message sent: “YOU HIT ONE OF OURS, WE WILL HIT TWO OF YOURS!” The next time, the Dodgers play the Cardinals, the first batter has to be drilled… and then the second one. Aim for their hands, just like the Cards do.
Violence is not usually the answer, but it is in this case. Punch the bully in the mouth a few times – they will stop! Shoot, bring Miguel Olivo back and let him bite them while we are at it!
The St. Louis Cardinals are treating the Dodgers like punks and it’s time to hit the bully in the mouth. In case you forget what a good old-fashioned brawl looks like, check this out:
And I want to see Clayton Kershaw go Nolan Ryan on whoever he hits.
Intent is irrelevant – the fact that our batters keep getting hit by the Cards is what is relevant. It’s time to end the fight, by starting a big fight! Take the suspensions. It will pull the team closer together.
By the way, I guess Don Mattingly is trying to make a statement to upper management by playing Ethier and Van Slyke in CF and making Matt Kemp stay in LF, which I like. However, he is not putting the best defensive team on the field with Kemp in LF. His statement to management is “Get me a CF – I don’t have one,” but it is hurting the team. As much as I want to see Kemp in LF, he’s the best centerfielder on the team right now. This lunacy in the outfield needs to be fixed… like YESTERDAY!