Kevin Towers and Kirk Gibson may be gone, but the Dbacks’ you-hit-us-we-hit-you mentality lives on. Regardless of the fact that the “you hit us” in this case was clearly unintentional.
In last night’s Marlins-Dbacks game, Jose Fernandez hit David Peralta on the helmet with a pitch. Based on Fernandez’s reaction, the situation and the fact that there is no bad blood here to begin with, it was clearly an accident.
Yet despite that, the Diamondbacks were barking at Fernandez from the dugout as their teammate still lay on the ground. Specifically Turner Ward, who was ejected at the time.
Then, later, Dbacks pitcher Dominic Leone threw one at the backside of Christian Yelich, in what was clear retaliation. He was immediately tossed.
Watch all of that:
What on Earth motivated the Dbacks there is beyond me. Text messages from the old regime? Fear that Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart wouldn’t think that they were old school enough? Listen to the Dbacks announcers after Yelich is hit. They think there was nothing wrong with it and are all over the umpire, so apparently whatever it is motivating all of this permeates the organization.
Thankfully Peralta appears to be OK, with concussion tests coming back negative. I presume a scan of the brains of some of the Dbacks players would come back in much the same way.