Any fines and suspensions that Major League Baseball plans to levy on the participants in Tuesday’s brawl between the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks will have to wait until tomorrow.
That doesn’t mean that players and coaches on both sides weren’t anticipating it Wednesday.
“I’m sure there’s going to be some,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “They’re not going to let this go on.”
“I don’t know. Whatever happens, happens,” Arizona catcher Miguel Montero said. “That’s not our decision. But when things happen like this, you’ve got to stand up for your teammates whatever the consequences. We’re not going to let those guys come after us and do nothing about it because we’re going to get suspended.”
There was some remorse to be found one day later.
Mattingly said he intended to apologize to Diamondbacks bench coach Alan Trammell for wrestling him to the ground. “I’m not proud of that,” Mattingly said.
Arizona second baseman Willie Bloomquist, Zack Greinke‘s teammate in Kansas City, said “I’m not going to sit here and say that Zack’s a malicious person out there, headhunting and trying to hit people. I don’t think that’s Zack’s game.
“Will he stand up for his teammates? Sure, as good pitchers do. He did what he felt he had to do, and we did what we felt we had to do.”
The Dodgers believed that Greinke was in the right to hit Montero with a pitch because Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy hit Yasiel Puig in the face in the sixth inning — even if Kennedy wasn’t trying to hit Puig.
“If (Greinke) doesn’t do that,” Mattingly said, “he loses a lot of respect in the clubhouse. It’s more dangerous for him not to do that.”