I realize this is largely a waste of time because fans will see what they want to see. I’m the same way with my teams. But I’m stubborn, so here goes:
Jesse Carlson is a two-bit middle reliever on a fourth-place team, a 28-year-old guy who has been with four organizations. No matter where he stands or what he says or anything else, Jorge Posada needs to avoid confrontation. Give Carlson a dirty look. Don’t give MLB a reason to suspend you.
At one point in the brawl, I saw CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett wrestling with assorted Jays and Mark Teixeira having his shoulders pulled back and even Derek Jeter getting agitated. The Yankees are an old and fragile team already, risking injury because Posada is mad at the likes of Jesse Carlson is not worth losing the World Series.
The Yankees lead baseball in hit batters, which is fine. Pitchers have every right to pitch inside. But if you’re going to play it that way, you have to expect retaliation from time to time. That is how the game has been played for 100 years.
Carlson threw a waist-high off-speed pitch that was several feet behind Posada. He didn’t throw at his head. That should have been the end of it, as Joe Girardi said. It wasn’t, and now we’ll hear what Bob Watson has to say about it.
Girardi was pretty ripped after the game. It doesn’t make a manager look good when these things happen.
Some folks asked, so here is the Posada audio: