Red Sox-Rays Brawl

Boston and Tampa Bay gave us an entertaining brawl the other night. No karate kicks or senior citizens being thrown to he ground, but fists were thrown. The Rays’ James Shields threw at Coco Crisp for his “dirty” slide into Akinori Iwamura the other night. If you were watching, you heard Rick Sutcliffe tear into Crisp, saying whatever Crisp has coming, he deserves (harsh). Crisp’s dodge at :20 and subsequent counter was dexterous.

*UPDATE 6.27.08* Replaced video. Now the fight is set to Papa Roach…sorry.

Suspensions

Red Sox

  • OF Coco Crisp: 7 games
  • P Jon Lester: 5 games
  • 1B Sean Casey (nicest guy in baseball): 3 games

Rays

  • P James Shields: 6 games
  • OF/DH Johnny Gomes: 5 games
  • P Edwin jackson: 5 games
  • OF Carl Crawford: 4 games
  • 2B Akinori Iwamura: 3 games

I understand the Rays wanting retaliation for Crisp taking out Iwamura, but this batch of suspensions hurts the Rays much more than it hurts the Red Sox. Crisp is doing ok this year, but they will live without his services for seven games. Lester will only miss a start, and Sean Casey, while he is a class act, has only appeared in 25 games this year. The Rays lose five of their best players for an extended period. Also, they just lost their AL East lead after the Red Sox swept them. Boston definitely got the best out of this, and with three games series against Seattle and Baltimore looming, look for them to increase their division lead by a few games.

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3 Comments on “Red Sox-Rays Brawl”


  1. I’d be more worried about the fight in the dugout.

  2. Mike Says:

    I’m sure they’ll chalk it up to “Manny being Manny.”

  3. myckul Says:

    Crisp did a great job of avoiding the first swing by Shields.. dexterous indeed..


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