This story has some great details about Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder storming the Dodgers clubhouse last night trying to get at Guillermo Mota in retaliation for being hit by a pitch.
Somewhere, Mike Piazza was smiling.
In spring training of 2003, Mota threw at Piazza and the catcher charged the mound. Mota ran away. “Like a scared rabbit,” Mets manager Art Howe said. As the situation started to calm down, Jeromy Burnitz stood in front of the Dodgers dugout challenging somebody to come out and fight him. Nobody did.
But that wasn’t enough for an enraged Piazza. He jumped in his BMW, drove over the other side of the complex and burst into the visitor’s clubhouse. “Where’s Mota?” he demanded.
Mota had fled with teammate Brian Jordan. According to legend, Mota jumped in full uniform into Jordan’s Range Rover and they hightailed it back to Vero Beach. Piazza searched every room then left the scene himself.
The next day, we asked Piazza what he planned to do. “I would have killed him,” he said.
Mike was a placid sort, happy to read his New York Times every afternoon then go 2 for 4 with an opposite-field homer. But I do believe he would have done some damage had he gotten his hands on Mota that night. He had that look in his eyes.
So if Prince gets suspended and fined, I bet he gets a sympathy call from Mike. The Guillermo Mota Fan Club has another member.