Major League Baseball announced that Marlins starter José Ureña has been fined and suspended six games for throwing at Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña at the start of Wednesday night’s game in Atlanta. Ureña threw a 97.5 MPH fastball that hit Acuña on the left elbow. Acuña initially stayed in the game but exited before the start of the second inning.
Braves first base coach Eric Young, Sr. was also suspended one game and will serve that tonight when the Braves play the Rockies.
As I wrote yesterday, MLB needed to make an example out of Ureña. The Marlins will simply push back his next scheduled start by one day and it will be like he was never suspended at all. In fact, when all is said and done, Yasiel Puig will have done more time for pushing Nick Hundley than Ureña for throwing a weapon 97.5 MPH at Acuña. As long as pitchers don’t miss any legitimate time, this type of “revenge” will continue. Acuña’s only crime was playing the game of baseball well.
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.