The Wrigley beer-tosser turns himself in

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His name is John Macchione, and he turned himself in after yesterday’s game.  Police charged him with one count of battery and one count of illegal conduct within a sports facility.  Based on his statement to the media as he left the police station, I’m guessing he’s not going to fight the charges very hard: “Chicago Cubs, I’m sorry I disgraced you.” He apologized to Victorino and offered a general “I’m sorry.” 

Not that they’re the most serious charges ever. In fact, they’re pretty small potatoes in the grand scheme of things. Heck if cops wanted to go totally crazy, they could have charged Kevin Youkilis with more than that for throwing his helmet and then tackling Porcello the other night. Certainly the penalty this Macchione guy gets for it is dwarfed by all of the public condemnation he’s getting.  Especially in light of Victorino’s comments: “You know what, the guy just might have thought it was fun. It is what
it is. He didn’t accost me in any way. He didn’t hurt me in any way. It
was part of the ballgame.”

Mike Trout has a torn thumb ligament, could require surgery

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Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.

While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.

Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.

Basebrawl! Harper, Strickland punch away, Nats-Giants fight

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SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.

Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.

Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.

At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.

In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.