Doug Glanville playing in the Phillies-Braves series that ended in two brawls...Steve Schaefer/AFP/Getty Images
It's almost a baseball cliche -- a crack, a whiz, a thud, and suddenly, a rush and a hail of uniformed bodies. It's a bench-clearing brawl -- and there are moments in a game that practically guarantee them. Truth is, if you're a mere spectator, watching them is kinda boring -- I remember in high school baseball games, those moments were like a summer storm -- brief, adrenaline fueled, and only noticeable if you're caught in it. But I do always wonder what it's like on the bottom of the pile -- especially if you just ran out in solidarity. No worries -- we've got Doug Glanville on for a tour of the base-brawl. His guest op-ed in the New York Times is some of the best (and funniest) sportswriting I've ever read. Glanville goes ahead and makes several unwritten brawling rules explicit, while describing memorable bench-clearers in which he's found himself.
These rules, and others (they are too numerous to list), when broken, eventually result in a brawl. It may not happen that same day, because the grudge-holding nature of the game has no statute of limitations. According to my unfinished business archive, I still owe Hideki Irabu for hitting me in the back with the first pitch of the game in Yankee Stadium nine years ago. Since we are both retired I may have to exact revenge in some Best Buy parking lot.
Mr. Irabu's lucky -- Doug Glanville is clearly a lover, not a fighter. Tell us the memorable moments when you crossed that line -- what baseball fight do you remember, which do you regret?