Quentin breaks Greinke's collarbone; who's to blame?
The brawl that caused a broken collarbone for the Dodgers' Zach Greinke was the fault of the Padres' Carlos Quentin and, yes, Greinke.
Can't they both be at fault? Isn't it possible that Zack Greinke and Carlos Quentin were both wrong, both responsible for the incident that became a brawl and broken collarbone for Greinke?
Things aren't always this way, or that way. Life just isn't that simple, like a DC Comics comic book where Superman is the good guy and Lex Luthor is the bad guy and everyone understands their role. This one, I'm not sure anyone understands. Anyone but Greinke and Quentin, anyway.
What the rest of us know is this:
1. Greinke had hit Quentin twice over the years before hitting him Thursday night with a 3-2 pitch in a one-run game in the sixth inning. Bad blood? Only they know. But this is a point to Quentin.
2. Pitchers don't intentionally hit batters on a 3-2 count in a one-run game in the sixth inning. Point to Greinke.
3. Quentin didn't drop his bat and walk to first base. He took a step or two in the direction of the mound as he considered his options. Probably because of point 1. Another point to Greinke.
4. Greinke said something -- something mean, I bet! (check the 3:08 mark of this video) -- to Quentin as Quentin lingered in front of the plate. Probably because of 3. Another point to Quentin.
5. All hell broke loose, because of points 1-4.