In the bottom of the sixth inning in Thursday's Dodgers-Padres game, Los Angeles starter Zack Greinke hit San Diego left fielder Carlos Quentin in the left arm. Quentin rushed the mound to tussle with Greinke, and both benches cleared in our first brawl of the young 2013 season. Both bullpens also emptied and poured onto the field to join the fray. Greinke appeared to hurt his shoulder during the scuffle, and after the game, it was announced that Quentin's tackle had indeed broken Greinke's left collarbone, with both the severity of the injury and the timetable for his return unknown for the time being.
All was then calmed by the umpiring crew and Quentin and Greinke both left the field…only for everything to boil over once again. Jerry Hairston, Jr. sprinted out of the Dodgers dugout towards the Padres dugout, and the benches cleared and bullpens emptied once again. Matt Kemp's temper hit a boiling part after having a pitch thrown over his head earlier in the game.
Vin Scully also had one of the most classic lines of his life, by saying "it's fertilizer", to describe Kemp's quotes while calling out the Padres. Things calmed down for a second time as the umpires conferenced, and they finalized the four ejections: Greinke, Quentin, Kemp, and Hairston, and play got back underway.
The first basebrawl of the year always puts a hop in your step, doesn't it?
UPDATE: There are now reports coming out of San Diego that Kemp and Quentin were involved in ANOTHER altercation after the game…this time in the parking lot at Petco Park. Quentin and Kemp came face to face in the hallways of the stadium, which in turn led to the two of them heading toward the parking lot to escalate it even further. Players spilled out of both locker rooms and into the parking lot to break things up.
Looks like Bud Selig is going to be extra busy this weekend.