The Pirates’ and Mets’ benches emptied in the top of the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s game after Josh Harrison slid hard into second base. Harrison hit a one-out single to put runners on first and second. David Freese then hit a ground ball to shortstop Jose Reyes, who flipped to Asdrubal Cabrera at the second base bag. Cabrera had to hop over Harrison, which caused his throw to first base to be late.
As Harrison was jogging off the field, reliever Jeurys Familia started barking at Harrison. Harrison took exception and started jawing back. With both teams’ rosters congregating between the pitcher’s mound and second base, Harrison could be seen talking calmly with Cabrera and the two bumped fists, showing the two were cool with one another. (Harrison bumped Cabrera’s glove, more accurately.)
Cabrera is a veteran of 12 major league seasons and a fellow infielder like Harrison, so he knew what Harrison was doing and understood there was no malice behind it. The slide also appeared to be perfectly legal.
No punches were thrown and no one was ejected. The Mets didn’t seek retribution on Harrison when he came to the plate again in the top of the 10th inning. He simply grounded out.
The Mets won in the bottom half of the 10th when Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off RBI single.
The Pirates beat the Cubs pretty easily last night. There was far more fight in the folks from Chicago out in the bleachers.
A brawl erupted among a group of fans. It was fairly messy as far as fights go. Lots of shoving and yelling and some punches thrown but no one really distinguished themselves or covered themselves with honor or glory. Well, two people did, for wildly different reasons. The fight was recorded by Danny Rockett, who hosts a podcast for the BleedCubbieBlue website. There are two videos below showing most of the relevant action.
I will give some honor and glory points to the middle aged guy in the blue jacket in the first video who kept repeating, over and over again, “there’s no fighting in the bleachers!” He was dead wrong about that, obviously, as there was actually a considerable amount of fighting, but I respect his aspirational mantra:
There was also a guy who distinguished himself but for extremely dubious reasons. I’m talking about the guy here in this second video who hurled racist epithets at one of his adversaries. That was special, but nowhere near as special at his reaction when he realized that someone was filming him.
Listen for him saying “DON’T RECORD ME!” and, just after that, “if my unit sees that I’m dead!” Which I presume means a military unit, but I’m not sure:
It’s amazing what people will say when they don’t think anyone is documenting it. And how freaked out they get once they realize that, yeah, someone was. I’m sure if this guy hits the news once he’s identified he’ll talk about how “that’s not who he is” or something like that. Don’t listen to him if he says that. Because, as is quite clear here, that’s exactly who he is. That’s exactly who most people are who get caught saying stuff like this.