You know...I really don't even want to have to talk about this stuff anymore. This fighting crap. I didn't want it to happen on the field tonight, and I certainly never wanted to see a Ron Artest Moment at a Sox-Yankees game.
Really, it's begun to get old. There's enough intensity in the game without the brawls and donnybrooks. All they do is detract from the action and give people on both sides an excuse to get mad and have pointless, useless arguments on the Internet (note: this has included myself on many occasions in the past...but as I've said, I'm sick of it).
And it'll be interesting to see what the consensus is...for about two seconds. But I know it'll be far from over tomorrow, or the next day, or next year. If past experience is any indication, we may be seeing slow-motion replays of this crap lined up next to Pedro vs. Zimmer and Tek vs. A-Rod. So I feel obliged to give my $0.02 now, before I hear anything else, and then hopefully close the subject.
Basically: it's a crying, bleeding, pitiful shame to have to say this, but, well, it appears we've all up and forgotten ourselves. So here are two basic facts of life it seems need clarifying at the present moment:
1) When watching a sporting event live, it is generally not advisable to reach over and interfere with a player attempting to pick up the ball right in front of you, and
2) If you are said player, it is generally not acceptable to react to this, with ball in hand and a play to make elsewhere, by delivering a violent shove not to the fan who interfered with you (because in the fray, chances are good you're not going to know who said person was) but to a woman half your size standing in the general vicinity.
And that's all I'm going to say about that.
Otherwise, it was an incredible game, though it boggles my mind what has been happening to Keith Foulke of late. When he gave up a double and then a walk after Sheffield vs. Fan, I really thought it was all over.
Then Ruben Sierra popped up. And luck seems to still favor the Red Sox.
I know there'll be a deluge in the morning about how classless and undeserving all us Red Sox fans are. But, really...that luck's been a long time coming, and in the past, it's been visited on many even less deserving. I'll take it.