San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin has been hit by a pitch 116 times in his career – the seventh most among active players – and the more than anyone since 2008. So if anyone should know when a pitcher throws at a batter intentionally, it should he him.
But, apparently the hot-headed doucher is too stupid to figure it out. A 2-1 game. A full count; Hitting someone would load the bases. Quentin, with all his body armor on, did not attempt to get out of the way of the pitch…and he charges the mound.
What a moron. Know the situation.
See for yourself:
As you can see, Greinke lowered his left (non-throwing) shoulder into Quentin, who weighs 45 pounds more than Greinke, and took the brunt of the blow as they collided.
“I never hit him on purpose,” Greinke said. “I never thought about hitting him on purpose. He always seems to think that I’m hitting him on purpose, but that’s not the case. That’s all I can really say about it.”
It is the third time Greinke has hit Quentin, the other coming when they faced each other in the AL Central.
Asked if there was bad blood between the teams, Greinke said: “Now there probably is. I don’t know if there was beforehand…this is awful. It’s silly that something could happen like that. I’m disappointed.”
Dodgers manager Dan Mattingly was not happy, to say the least, after the game.
“That’s just stupid is what it is,” Mattingly said. “He should not play a game until Greinke can pitch. If he plays before Greinke pitches, something’s wrong. He caused the whole thing. Nothing happens if he goes to first base.”
Matt Kemp was also not happy after the game. He waited for Quentin after the game as the players were leaving Petco Park. Kemp walked up to Quentin near the players’ exit and confronted him. Padres pitcher Clayton Richard separated them, and security and police quickly broke it up.
“I’m asking Greinke if he’s OK and he said his shoulder’s messed up. That kind of took me over the edge right there,” Kemp said. “I think Carlos Quentin went to Stanford, something like that? I heard there’s smart people at Stanford. That wasn’t too smart. Greinke didn’t do anything wrong. That stuff happens in the minor leagues. It doesn’t happen in the big leagues.”
Quentin was in typical tool fashion.
“Our history is well-documented. It is not the first time he hit me. I’ve been hit by many pitches,” he said. “Some have been intentional, some have not been. For the amount I have been hit and my hitting style, I’m going to repeat: I have never reacted that way.”
And you shouldn’t have.
After the fight was supposedly over, it began again after the teams started clearing the field. Jerry Hairston Jr. came running across the field yelling and pointing at someone in the San Diego dugout.
Greinke has only hit 22 batters since 2008. Quentin, Kemp and Hairston were ejected. Allegedly, Quentin has been suspended for every San Diego-Dodgers game the rest of the season.
I don’t know about all of this, I just know I am down fantasy pitcher on two different teams. Damn you Carlos Quentin. Damn you.