Hitting rock bottom

The Brewers lost to the Reds 6-3 on Monday night but that wasn’t the story or what is important coming out of that game. In the seventh inning, Prince Fielder shoved starting pitcher Manny Parra twice and Fielder needed to be restrained by six teammates in the process.
Parra wanted to make his way to the clubhouse after being lit up by Cincinnati hitting but Fielder told Parra he should sit there and watch his teammates take their cuts against Reds’ pitching.
Ned Yost said after the game that it was a family issue and would be taken care of in the family. Almost one year ago to the day last year, the Brewers had another eruption in their dugout involving Yost, Johnny Estrada and Tony Graffanino.
Some are saying this is a positive saying the team is finally showing emotion. I tend to disagree. Prince already has taken out one pitcher this season, Yovani Gallardo. Attacking a second in Parra andhaving a third, Dave Bush, be underneath Prince trying to pull him away from Parra is absolutely rediculous. Prince has always been known for having a temper and the time has come for it to be put in check. I’m sure a fine is forthcoming but unfortunately, a suspension would do more harm the help right now since the team is in a pennant race.
This is the final straw for me with Prince Fielder. I have gone back and forth in regards to my feelings for Fielder this year. He is not the leader of this team. That mantle has been taken by Ryan Braun. This offseason Fielder needs to be moved for the best possible starting pitcher the team can get in return to help offset the losses of Ben Sheets and CC Sabathia.

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  1. August 5, 2008 at 10:51 am

    “Prince already has taken out one pitcher this season, Yovani Gallardo. Attacking a second”.
    Are you implying that the injury to Gallardo was the result of an attack? I wasn’t aware that was the case. I thought that was uninentional (Gallardo). Can you please clarify?
    Thanks.

  2. August 5, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    First, I watched the replay and, again, Yost left in his starter too long; Parra should have been yanked after loading the bases and serving up a double to Arroyo. This makes the third time within the last month that Yost has made a poor decision, and if the Crew loses a playoff spot by three games or less, Yost should be fired.
    As for Fielder vs. Parra, shouldn’t there be a clubhouse policy regarding whether the pitcher can leave or not? It would seem that you should at least let the pitcher take a shower and return.
    If Fielder did insist on Parra remaining, he was wrong to do so; and very wrong on shoving him. Fielder should be fined in the $5,000-$20,000 range and be suspended for a game. Unfortunately, he seems like he’s taking his lessons from Manny Ramirez and Brett Favre–make trouble and they’ll get rid of you.
    Finally, Yost’s comment about “you don’t ask why your neighbors” are fighting is rather asinine…if my neighbors have a fight, I call the cops to make sure no one gets hurt.

  3. August 5, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    I always thought it was common practice for the pitcher to leave the dugout for an inning or so to shower off and get whatever attention is needed from trainers. Considering Parra’s injury history, I have no problem with with going to do something like that.
    Fielder was out of line with the shoving, but I do think it’s getting overblown a bit in the media — he didn’t punch Parra (like Steve Smith or the Zambrano/Barrett fight last year), and he didn’t even hit him with an open-handed slap (like Manny Ramirez). Prince definitely overreacted after Parra blew him off, but it’s not worth benching Fielder for a game and most likely costing the Brewers another game in the wildcard hunt.
    Yost likely chewed out Fielder after the game, if you believe what the Journal-Sentinel says about the doors of the clubhouse being closed longer than usual. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was quietly fined, either. Outside of that, there’s really nothing the Brewers can (or should) do.
    Yost’s comments after the game were a bit ridiculous, though. He’s never gotten the hang of the media thing, and he has to understand that it’s the reporter’s job to ask what happened, even if they know full well that they’re not going to get a straight answer.

  4. MJ Kasprzak
    August 5, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Fielder seems to be a hothead. Wasn’t he involved in the scuffle last year? And didn’t that happen when the team was in the middle of a late-season collapse? Yost’s comment was crap–we’ve only seen a couple of these so far, and one was with pariah ManRam, who obviously was such a cancer the Sox traded him AND TWO PROSPECTS for a guy who isn’t as good. (Good for them, by the way!)
    If they fail to reach the playoffs this year after going all-in with trades, Yost HAS to be fired.

  5. MJ Kasprzak
    August 5, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Thought I already said this, but it apparently didn’t post…
    I wonder of Prince is a hotheat–wasn’t he involved in the fight last year, too? Wasn’t that when we were in the middle of a late-season collapse?
    Yost’s take is crap–I have only seen one or two fights in the dugout on Sportscenter this year, and one involved a cancer (ManRam) so bad the team dumped him for a lesser player AND gave up TWO prospects for the privilege (which I applaud them for). If the Crew chokes away a playoff spot after going all in to get deep this year, Yost must go–he doesn’t even have control of his team.

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