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Cervelli injured and Girardi is furious

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 08, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The look on Joe Girardi’s face said plenty. Then he had plenty to say about the play in the ninth inning when Tampa Bay’s Elliot Johnson rolled into Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli.

“I think it’s uncalled for in spring training. You get people hurt and that’s what we got, we got Cervelli hurt,” Girardi said.

Carl Crawford of the Rays ran over a Houston catcher on Wednesday. Now there has been a second incident. Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon dismissed it as a “good hardball” when he spoke to the Tampa Bay writers. But Girardi didn’t agree.

“I’ve always known that you don’t do it. I know kids play aggressive and play hard. That’s how you want them to play. But maybe if it happens too much you should mention something,” he said.

Cervelli was taken to St. Joseph Hospital for x-rays. The Yankees are fearful that he has a broken right hand or wrist.

“It’s one thing to get hit by a pitch that gets away or twist an ankle running the bases. I don’t understand it,” said Girardi, who felt Johnson should have simply slid into the plate. “I don’t understand it. During the season I’m all for. It happens in the season, I understand it. In spring training, I don’t really.”

Johnson had no remorse: “From my point of view, I’m trying to score a run. … His left foot was right there blocking the plate. My options were to hook around and slide and I thought that would take too much time and I would be out,” he said.

Several New York writers waited to ask Maddon questions but he hid in his office and sent a team spokesman out to say he wouldn’t answer any questions.

The Yankees play the Rays three more times this spring. Bet on there being some sort of reprisal.

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82 Responses to “Cervelli injured and Girardi is furious”

  1. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti March 8th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    I didn’t watch it, but heard it on the radio. Totally uncalled for to take out a catcher in spring training. we have 21 times to issue payback.

  2. christheyankeesfan March 8th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    The Rays have no class.

  3. Rocco March 8th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    “we have 21 times to issue payback.”

    assuming that we dont meet them in the playoffs.
    yes i said it.
    playoffs.

  4. YANKEE BIAS March 8th, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    What a travesty.

    If it happened to one of Maddon’s players, he would be livid right now.

    No call for what he did.

  5. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti March 8th, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    And Joe Madden can’t be man enough to answer questions from the NY media. hiding in his office like a baby! If you think there is no problem with what your player did than stand up to the NY media/NY fans and state it!

  6. Elizabeth----FarnsWORTHIT March 8th, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    There’s no reason for a revenge play during the regular season. Do it in ST or don’t do it at all.

  7. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti March 8th, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Will this kid Johnson make the team? Or still be with the team the next time we play them? I say a 100 heater to the back would be nice payback? Or maybe the wrist.

  8. Guiseppe Franco March 8th, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    I bet Cervelli has a broken bone. You could see it in both his and Girardi’s body language because it looked like they both knew it was serious.

    That sucks. I’d be very surprised if he wasn’t out for at least a month.

    Looks like the Yans/Rays are going to be playing some serious hardball this season.

  9. Buddy Biancalana March 8th, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Joe Maddon obviously can’t handle the NY Media, what a joke, hiding in his office.

  10. Doreen March 8th, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    I agree that in a spring training game, the play was too aggressive. And on the play where Ohlendorf threw a wild pitch, you could see he was very hesitant to block the plate for a throw from the catcher.

  11. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti March 8th, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    MLB should levee fines for plays like that.

  12. Guiseppe Franco March 8th, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    assuming that we dont meet them in the playoffs.
    yes i said it.
    playoffs.

    Let’s not get crazy now. Hey, they are much improved, but their pitching is still very suspect after Kazmir and Shields.

  13. Rocco March 8th, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Guiseppe Franco. I was joking ;)

  14. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti March 8th, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Damn I just watched it. He also appeared to hit his head on the ground. Someone yelled it is only st guys!! You could see he was visibly annoyed. The guy also lead with his head and shoulders!! That is so wrong!! I am so angry!!

  15. Wolf In Pinstripes March 8th, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    “If it happened to one of Maddon’s players, he would be livid right now.”

    Oh, absolutely – no doubt. And Maddon has absolutely nothing to gain by taking the stance he has of defending “hardball” during spring training.

    I have a feeling some Rays catcher is going to be introduced to “Mr. Forearm”, courtesy of Shelley Duncan.

  16. LCâ„¢ March 8th, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    ridiculous

  17. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti March 8th, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Wolf that would be sweet. But you have to do something that wouldn’t injure one of your players. A fb to the wrist would do it, courtesy of Kyle Farnsworth. I guarantee you he would get a standing o’ for the first game of the season.

  18. Buddy Biancalana March 8th, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Farnsworthless would miss, a Joba fastball at Crawford’s knee would be nice. Just kidding.

  19. CaptainsCorner March 8th, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    That is what you get from a pathetic organization like the Rays. They always hear how bad the organization is and they deserve what is said but then they try to play too rough against other teams but especially the R.Sox and Yanks and “prove” to others that they are actually good. Crawford always plays the Yanks like it is the World Series because he has nothing else to look forward for. It was 100% uncalled for and extremely immature. Especially for Maddon to have no comment after the game and give the we are playing hard comment, that shows zero respect for another teams players. Joba or Farns will get them back in the regular season..when it counts. Hopefully Cervelli is ok.

  20. Dee March 8th, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    “From my point of view, I’m trying to score a run. … His left foot was right there blocking the plate. My options were to hook around and slide and I thought that would take too much time and I would be out,”

    What a punk, this is the time to keep your mouth shut. Pete, don’t all other teams like the Rays have the same media training that our players get during ST?

  21. JonMichel March 8th, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    It won’t beating the Sux and Drays beating each other’s brain’s out this season. It will be the Yanks whipping the drays butt. But, how could Don Zimmer seat and watch this happen. You know if that would happened to Posada would have beaten the crap out of this kid. Totally uncalled for!

  22. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti March 8th, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    I’d rather not have Joba be involved. Let Farns do it.

  23. anti-mussina March 8th, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Stop talking girardi and do something. If thats me i would’ve ran to the guy and punched his face

  24. jk March 8th, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Send Shelly Duncan home on a close play to even the score.

  25. desti(NY) 2008 March 8th, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Let’s see if the Rays play this aggressive against Boston. There’s bad blood between the 2 teams.
    Now add the Yankees.

  26. BoogieDown March 8th, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    It’s kind of nice to hear that from Girardi. Torre let other teams take too much advantage of his guys; I think the Yankees batters got hit more than other team’s during the past few seasons. I’m looking forward to that BS ending under Girardi’s tenure.

  27. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti March 8th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Like someone else said playing the Yankees and Soxs are the only two things they have to look forward to.

  28. pat March 8th, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    If that’s the way the Rays want to play it, all future ST games with them this year should be minor leaguers except for the pitcher.

  29. BoogieDown March 8th, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Er, I meant “…got hit more than ANY other team’s batters…”

  30. Nick March 8th, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    The Yankees play the Rays again twice next week. Wednesday at St. Pete and Saturday in Tampa. Stay tuned…

  31. NY March 8th, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Does anyone know where I can see the video of the hit?

  32. Dee March 8th, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Yeah Boogie – the hit was horrible and completely uncalled for but I thought it was nice to see Girardi immediately jumped out there to check on Cervelli. He may be tough but also comes across as a very caring manager. Not to say Torre wasn’t, far from it, but Girardi seems more action-oriented.

  33. pat March 8th, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Cervelli waved Girardi out immediately. He knew he was hurt.

  34. Nick March 8th, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    This coming Wednesday in St. Pete and next Saturday in Tampa. Stay tuned….

  35. Yankee Fred March 8th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    You don’t want to get hit, don’t block the plate.

  36. CaptainsCorner March 8th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Good thing Girardi spoke up for the team and defended his player. If Torre was still the manager he would say he didn’t do anything wrong he was trying to score.

  37. Rob March 8th, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    I would let joba miss his spot “by accident” and drill him.

  38. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti March 8th, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    If it was a regular season game it is one thing. Not in spring training.

  39. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti March 8th, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Pete no update yet?

  40. Dee March 8th, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    When Girardi got out there he was shaking his head, then starring out to the Rays dugout looking livid.

    Also I don’t think Johnson was just trying to get the safe, looked more like he was trying to knock the ball out of Cervelli’s glove. It was a full-body defensive tackle.

  41. John March 8th, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    JonMichel,

    Of course Zimmer just sat there… He probably loved it!

    He loves aggressive play and will back up his players come hell or high water.

    Did you even pay attention when he was part of the Yankees? He’s the same way but on the Rays’ side now.

    I actually don’t mind the hit. Some young kid trying to make the Rays’ team. Play your butt off… Make the coaches notice. Catchers get get smashed, they get hurt. Comes with the territory.

    It didn’t matter to Pete Rose if it was the world series or backyard softball… He would smash the snot out of a catcher if he was in the way. I loved it!

    Its called the big leagues for a reason. They’re big boys!

  42. Angel March 8th, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    CaptainsCorner
    March 8th, 2008 at 6:00 pm
    “Good thing Girardi spoke up for the team and defended his player. If Torre was still the manager he would say he didn’t do anything wrong he was trying to score.”

    Will you people stop revising history and plain making things up about Torre? He wouldn’t have said anything like that at all. An an ex-catcher he’d have been as pissed as Girardi was.

  43. Stan March 8th, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    The Crawford incident against Houston was understandable. There was in bat to the left of the plate and Crawford tried to avoid it as replays showed.
    The Cervelli incident was clearly avoidable.
    Wednesday in St. Pete and Saturday in Tampa vs. the Rays. Stay tuned.

  44. EY March 8th, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    I agree on sending Shelley to run down a Ray or two next time we meet them. A Farnsy/Joba fastball right on the butt also works

  45. Clare March 8th, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Angel,

    Now who’s revising history? When Lowell took out Cano, Torre said it was a fair play. When Hinske took out Posada and threw a forearm into Posada’s nech, Torre didn’t have any complaints.

    I don’t recall him ever complaining about another team’s player. The only play I can recall him criticizing was ARod’s HA.

  46. Russell W March 8th, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Think of it this way… the only time the Rays win is when other teams are taking it easy in Spring Training, working their way into proper routine. This is the Rays’ time to shine. This is the Rays’ playoffs. Because once the season starts, it’s all downhill.

  47. Vato March 8th, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    What a baby! If you don’t want to get run over then don’t stand in front of the plate. The rules clearly state that it’s the runner’s right to run through you if you’re in the baseline. I thought Girardi was tough but this is just whiny.

  48. josh March 8th, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    I don’t have a problem with it.
    The kid was trying to make the Rays and wanted to prove he’s hard-nosed. He’s a 25 year old career minor leaguer with not much time or chances left.

  49. Russell W March 8th, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    I say everyone aims line drives up the middle at Price. We’ll see how funny it is to run someone over unexpectedly in Spring Training. No team is looking to get killed hard, that is what makes this wrong. Now we know, get Posada in there for an uppercut to the face next time they wanna charge.

  50. Dutchman March 8th, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Its unfortunate because someone got hurt. The kid was trying to show aggressive play (something the Rays have lacked). Its not like Johnson is an allstar, he is trying to make the team. I’m sure if rolls were reversed, it would have been ok. The Yankees will have a change to get payback…thats how it works.

  51. Vato March 8th, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    You guys are ridiculous? The player should be fine for playing by the rules? Wow. Do you even know the rules of baseball?

  52. Russell W March 8th, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Vato – you are completely missing the point of the argument here and the whole purpose of Spring Training.

  53. mike March 8th, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Girardi should be pissed at Cervelli for blocking the plate.

    The runner is entitled to the base and if the catcher chooses to block the plate he does so at his own risk.

    Sounds like Johnson is trying to make the Rays and wants to make an impression on his manager.

  54. pat March 8th, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    So if Johnson had a guaranteed spot on the team or was an all-star it wouldn’t have been okay?

  55. BoogieDown March 8th, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Vato, tough break about Beckett today. But I guess he’s about due for another major injury.

  56. Doreen March 8th, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Can we call a moratorium on comparing every move Girardi makes to WWTD (or, WDTD)? It’s laughable. Because Torre did some pretty good things while he was here. Perfect, no. And, please, Torre was a player’s manager. Did he aggressively retaliate for overly aggressive play? Maybe, maybe not. But the point is, he is no longer here. Girardi is here. Let’s start from point a, okay?

    Girardi himself said, during the regular season, that play is totally appropriate. The argument is during spring training, why be overly aggressive? Why risk injuring a guy? He stated there are injuries that will happen just as a matter of course; but barreling into the catcher in this particular manner was not called for.

    Great start for Mussina. Too bad Ohlendorf had such a bad outing, but they all seem to have a least one to get out of their system, don’t they.

    I was really, really impressed with the Rays pitcher, Price. Looks like a veteran already.

  57. Marc W March 8th, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    That was a sick play by Cervelli though

  58. Jax March 8th, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    DEVIL RAYS SUCK

  59. Jeff March 8th, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    I didn’t see it, but I want Crawford to take one in the head.

  60. vinny-b March 8th, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    cervelli, is a very highly regarded prospect. At least, by me and several others.

    could this threaten his career ?

  61. CaptainsCorner March 8th, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Angel,

    Oh please, I have seen worse plays with the Yanks threw the years with there players getting hurt and Torre NEVER stood up for them. His comments were always that it wasn’t a dirty play. Torre couldn’t even stand up for the best player on his team.

  62. A Time To Kill March 8th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    I’m furious, too.

    I have your home addresses, Johnson and Maddon.

  63. 12345 March 8th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    THANK GOD it wasnt jorge behind the plate

  64. whip March 8th, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    The D-Rays are just trying to make some noise. In reality they are a third rate franchise that should have been contracted already. I would knock the crap out of them in spring training, than let them rot in the cellar for the rest of the season where they belong.

  65. BBB March 8th, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    I didn’t see the game today and don’t have time to read all the comments, but as far as I’m concerned:

    a) If Girardi is furious, then so am I. He spent enough years catching to be able to trustworthily discern what is cheap and what isn’t in this scenario.
    b) Does “D-Rays” now stand for “Dirty Rays” instead of “Devil Rays”?
    c) I agree with whip, TB is just trying to act tough to compensate for their complete and utter mediocrity (and that’s being kind) as a franchise.
    d) Who was the Houston catcher that Crawford knocked over? Was it Towles? I have a friend who’s a big Astros fan & I’m curious to find out what he thought.

    Anyway, I hope Frankie Cervelli’s injury is minor, he is one of my favorite prospects and I think he has a future in the bigs, be it w/Yanks or elsewhere if Jesus sticks behind the plate.

    Lastly, in case anyone was looking for another reason to be happy we re-signed Jorge, here it is. He had a bad collision at the plate when he was in the minors, iirc, so he is the perfect person to provide encouragement to Cervelli to make sure he doesn’t become hesitant to block the plate or anything.

  66. BBB March 8th, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Oh and this kinda goes without saying, but Elliott Johnson better watch out if he’s behind the next time Shelley or Big G scores on the DEVIL Rays!

    And speaking of retribution for dirty plays, we still owe Sean Casey one…or three…from 2006.

    oh and LMAO at Maddon hiding from the Yankee beat writers. So he’s man enough to instruct his guys to play cheap but not man enough to face up to the Big Bad NY Media Market afterward? I’m thinkin of a word that starts with P and rhymes with wussy!

  67. mike March 8th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    “I loved the hardball right there. We’re playing it hard, we’re playing it right.” -Maddon

  68. Marcy March 8th, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    I think this is wrong and there was a very similar incident earlier in the week between the Astros & The Rays and they weren’t too pleased either.

    Maddon apparently avoided the NY press but not his local guys. Here’s the quote on the play from Joe Maddon to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
    “I loved the hard ball right there,” Maddon said. “We’re playing it hard. We’re playing it right. It was a bang-bang play at the plate. I couldn’t exactly tell where the catcher was in regard to the plate, but he was trying to score a run right there, and that’s part of the game.

    I know a lot of you hate Clemens but you could be sure that he would not have forgotten this. I don’t expect anything to happen during ST but I would be looking for it during the season. If Girardi says it’s wrong in ST then he can’t say it’s right for The Yanks to return the favor but just give it time.

  69. ChinMusicCambist March 8th, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    This is great! I get to actually see Yankee fans live down to their reputation in this blog. Heck, just go out and buy a developed young catcher from the Rays or Marlins or one of the other Yankee major league farm systems once Jorge distinguished career winds down.

  70. BBB March 8th, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    ” Heck, just go out and buy a developed young catcher from the Rays or Marlins”

    Uh, we’ll pass on your non-hitters Dioner Navarro (whose useless azz we already sent packing) and Miguel “Getting On Base Is For Chumps” Olivo, thanks. Now kindly GTFO and go watch highlights of all your team’s “distinguished” 100 loss seasons.

  71. ChinMusicCambist March 8th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    BBB Clearly by your post (and your blog name), there seems to be a GED (look it up) missing in your life.

    Thanks to whoever posted the video by the way. The Rays player was clearly too aggressive on the play, and as Joe G. pointed out, especially during Spring Training. With that being said, watch the video again. The Yankee catcher was clearly too aggressive in trying to block the plate, especially in Spring Training.

  72. BBB March 8th, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    By my blog name? LOL, keep reachin’ there, buddy.

  73. ChinMusicCambist March 8th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Maybe it’s your personal finance rating? Hanging on just above junk status, good job!

    Baseball is a big part of my world, by ‘my’ team is neither the Rays or the Fish.

    As I said, after watching the video, I agree that the Rays player shouldn’t have run him over. But the Yankee catcher probably shouldn’t have blocked the plate as aggressively as he did either. It’s just Spring Training right?

  74. Angel March 8th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Captains Corner,

    Like Doreen, I’m sick and tired already of the snide comparisons and attempts to lessen what Torre accomplished here by the constant comparisons to how Girardi handles things now. Why can’t people just admire what Girardi brings to the team withoug having to bring down Torre to do so. Yeah, he had his faults, but he had some great Yankee moments and some fine attributes as a manager. Baffles me that people can’t let their bitterness towards him go. Torre has moved on, why can’t some Yankee fans?

  75. Bob R. March 8th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    You usually write fair articles Peter, but this is not. Maddon did not “hide in his office”. He answered the first wave of reporters and left. He did not come out for the next wave. Why should he? What more was there to say? That is not hiding; it is simply refusing to feed a media circus about a silly issue.

    I don’t know the protocol about running over catchers in spring training, nor did I see the play. Johnson is a young prospect who had an apparent breakout season in 2006 but was awful last year. Whether he is trying to make an impression or simply was playing hard, there is no reason for Girardi to complain, but of course he has to make a point for his team. Similarly, Maddon has to defend his player, which he did.

    Incidentally, there was no other incident in the sense suggested. A Rays player slid hard. The player he hit simply said it was a good play and he had no problem with it. Fans looking for retribution are being stupid.

  76. kyle March 8th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Singleton called it a “meaningless game.” It might have been meaningless to derek jeter or alex rodriguez, but I’m sure it wasn’t meaningless to elliot johnson or any other player that is trying to win a job out of spring training.

  77. paul March 8th, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    If it is only spring training, you don’t block the plate.

    Don’t want to get run over, you don’t block the plate.

    Don’t want to get hurt, you don’t block the plate.

    It is the catcher’s choice whether or not there is a collision. Quit blaming the runner for doing what he’s supposed to do.

  78. Y's Guy March 9th, 2008 at 8:21 am

    absolutly nothing wrong with the kid charging the plate. if girardi wants the catchers not to get run over in ST he should tell them not to block the plate. cmon the guy’s trying to make the roster.

  79. scorpio March 9th, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Give me a break, Maddon’s always been a bit of a punk. Remember he asked to check A-rod’s bat after Torre questioned Akimura’s funky looking one. If the catcher injured were Varitek or Posada, heads would be rolling right now.

    As for retribution, I say forget about it, let it go…it was a stupid kid trying to make the team but if Maddon wants to play his team in this fashion in regular season. Bean them! How many fastballs to the back have Jeter & A-Rod taken over the past few years with no payback?!

  80. Chick Stahl March 9th, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Zimmer, a long-time bench coach under Joe Torre, read stories about the play Sunday morning and had one comment about what Girardi had to say.

    “It stunk,” Zimmer said.

    “Somebody said on the bench when it happened that Girardi looked like he was angry. Now I took it that he was angry because his man got hurt — not because anybody did anything wrong. That’s the way I took it, knowing Girardi. And somebody on the bench said he thought Girardi was mad because he bowled him over. I said, ‘No, I don’t think so. That’s not Girardi.’

    “Then when I pick up the paper this morning, I was dumbfounded. He blocked the plate. What happens if our man slides in with the plate being blocked and breaks his leg? … I am surprised the way Girardi said what he did. The plate was blocked, and our guy bowled him over. That’s the way to play the game. I mean, I’m talking about a guy who is like a son to me. But I can’t believe he went after it the way he did, because that’s not Joe Girardi — and being a catcher on top of that.”

    http://tinyurl.com/2kxv4u

  81. Y's Guy March 9th, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    i love girardi, but absolutly agree with zimmer. the runner’s intent it to avoid the catcher and tag the plate, it’s the catcher’s act of blocking the plate which necesitates knocking over the catcher, and it greatly increases the chance of either player being injured.
    if joe wants the catchers not to be bowled over in ST he should just tell them to stay out of the basepath and go for the swipe tag, and i have seen veteran catchers do that in ST and also in RS games that are blowouts.

  82. 2007wschamps March 9th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    I am a Red Sox fan, however, I have to admit that the events that occured during the 9th inning of yesterday’s game were absolutely uncalled for and never should have been tolerated. Irregardless of whether or not Cervelli blocked the plate, that is no excuse for what happened that caused Cervelli’s wrist to be fractured.

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