The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers got into a brawl during the third inning of their contest Sunday afternoon and thanks to the actions of Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez, the benches didn’t empty to wish each other a Happy Easter.
The mini brawl overshadowed what was another heartbreaking Pirates loss and the fact that the Bucs are only a mere 2-8 in their past 10 games.
However it did affirm one thing and that is the fact that the Pirates and Brewers rivalry is alive as ever.
Judging by the postgame reactions, it’s also safe to assume that this situation is far from over.
Pirates’ catcher Russell Martin‘s blood was still boiling after the game as he was still looking for redemption on Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado, who caught Pirates’ outfielder Travis Snider in the eye with a sucker punch.
Martin: “The fair thing would be to have our team hold down Maldonado so that Travis can go back and sucker-punch him right in the face.”
— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) April 20, 2014
Several Pirates also assured after the game that Gomez and Maldonado are definitely going to be drilled with pitches, the next time the two teams meet, which will be May 13 in Milwaukee.
However while many Pirates fans and apparently some Pirates players are looking forward to getting revenge on the Brewers, they should do it in a different fashion as there is no real place in the game for situations such as this.
The Pirates need to focus more on beating the Brewers on the scoreboard before they try and beat them with their fists.
The Bucs let two games slip away over the weekend and have dropped six of seven games to the Brewers so far in the early season.
I’m all for having your teammate’s backs, but this team needs wins right now, not knockouts.
When you can’t win ballgames on a consistent basis, getting revenge is a distraction that this team simply doesn’t need at the moment.
Hopefully this brawl is history and Clint Hurdle‘s team can get back to playing winning baseball.
If they don’t, by the time they worry about getting revenge with their fists, they may have dug themselves too big of a hole to climb out of.