Wednesday's entertaining Dodgers vs. Tim Lincecum game is far gone, yet it's still generating reactions. From Tracy Ringolsby at FOXSports.com:
Are players overly sensitive?
San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval charged Dodgers' pitcher James McDonald on Wednesday when McDonald pitched him inside in one of the more senseless efforts of a senseless string of hitters overreacting to being pitched tight.
If Sandoval had been paying attention to the game he would have noticed the cheap shot slide of teammate Eugenio Velez in the previous inning that may not have been intentional but could have seriously injured Dodger catcher Russ Martin. After a slide like that, a teammate of Velez's should have anticipated a wake-up call from McDonald.
And from Chris Ballard at SI.com:
That's the funny thing about the Giants-Dodgers rivalry: in some respects, it is now often one-sided. Historically it was a New York thing, Brooklyn vs. Manhattan, but now it often feels as though L.A. could take it or leave it, whereas in the Bay Area, where I live, it's a rallying cry of sorts. We hate the Lakers, detest the Dodgers and mock our southern counterpart's politics, pollution and glaring lack of both a football team and reliable water source. But rarely is there return fire. Maybe it's that Los Angelenos can't be bothered. Or perhaps it's that our hate has been co-opted: after all, people chant "Beat L.A." in cities all over the country now, in all manner of sports. No one chants "Beat S.F."
No — we just do it.
UPDATE: Wait, there's more! From an unsourced quote at Molly Knight's Tumblr:
"If he doesn’t want to be pitched inside, tell him not to hit .330"
— Matt Kemp, regarding a pitch thrown by James McDonald to Pablo Sandoval that ensued a benches-clearing showdown at AT&T Park.
A simultaneous diss and compliment. Very nice, Bison!
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