But everyone likes quotes, so here’s the story of the incident summed up by a few of the characters involved in the fracas.
“You’re up 7-2 … you don’t swing 3-0 in that situation.” — Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger, who clearly thinks a five-run lead in the fifth means you stop playing.
“If they get mad at my guys in the fifth inning swinging 3-0 or running, they better get used to it.” — Davey Johnson
“Probably one of the biggest butt-whippings I’ve gotten in my career, as a coach or player. I don’t remember getting manhandled that bad in any kind of series I’ve ever been a part of.” — Cubs manager Dale Sveum on the series, not the brawl.
“I think I’d be pretty [ticked] off if I was getting my teeth kicked in all [week], too, but you can’t lay down.” — Bryce Harper
“We’re not going to hit their players for no reason.” — Dale Sveum, calling Lendy Castillo’s throw at Harper a “coincidence.”
“And now the Cubs are gonna throw at a teenager.” — Bob Carpenter, perhaps suggesting there be an minimum age requirement for inside curveballs.
“If you come into our house and try to mess with our kid brother, that’s how we look at it. You’re not just going to come in and please as you do with that.” — Michael Gonzalez, on the throw at Harper.
“I wasn’t going to do anything stupid. I’m just trying to check off everything on my list. I’ve gotten thrown at, gotten hit, stole home, we’re winning, homers. Everything that’s going on, just checking it off the list. That’s one of them. Just trying to stay calm in that situation and not do anything stupid.” — Bryce Harper
I don’t blame ‘em. I’d have been the same way. I’d have probably popped him.” Davey Johnson, on Michael Morse reacting to getting swung at.
“Just tensions were high a little bit.” — Morse, with the understatement of the night.
“So, anyway. Interesting night.” — Davey Johnson.
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TWEET OF THE NIGHT
A lot of celebrities think they can wear anything and it be ok...NO stop that right now— Trevor Booker (@35_Fitz) September 7, 2012
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Sam Huff, on his reduced schedule in the booth:
“Everything ends in sports.”
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Bryce Harper with some heads up baserunning.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Marlins at Nats for Strasburg’s last home start. 7 p.m. MASN2. Yankees at Orioles, 7 p.m. on MASN. All TV/Radio listings are here.
DUMMY OF THE DAY
Mooning your boss and then suing the company when they fire you for it isn’t the best way to make friends.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE
Congratulations to Redskins super-fan Russell Fine, who is bringing his bachelor party to New Orleans this weekend to take in the Redskins home opener. Here’s hoping you see a win. Also, please send my husband home in one piece.