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Cliff Lee tossed for throwing at D-backs catcher

Mar 15, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

Cliff Lee, who was making his second spring start since returning from minor foot surgery, was tossed from Monday’s game against Arizona in the third inning for intentionally throwing at catcher Chris Snyder.
Lee appeared to miss with his first attempt to send Snyder a message. On his second try, he threw one just over Snyder’s head, causing Snyder to walk towards the mound and both dugouts to empty. Nothing escalated from there, though.
Umpire Brian Knight viewed Lee’s pitches as revenge for an incident in the first, when Lee tripped over Snyder while trying to back up a play at home plate.
Considering that Lee had his a motive and went after Snyder twice, it’s quite possible the commissioner’s office will come down on him with a brief suspension to start the season. It’d certainly be deserved if Lee was throwing at Snyder’s head.

  1. Ron - Mar 16, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Why don’t you read what I actually wrote? Which you never seem to do before commenting on anything anyone else ever says.
    And real nice. You consider the ballplayers immmature for throwing at each other, but resort to name-calling when you don’t like what I said? Really grown up of you.
    In other words, it did get you to actually write something coherent in English, and not the Prozac and Valium-fueled rantings you usually put out in your misguided effort to try and prove you’re smarter than everyone else. You’re not.
    You’re a sad, pathetic man who feels everyone should live their life according to your code of what is right or wrong, and that’s not the way the real world works. Why don’t you try joining us sometime?

  2. rick - Mar 16, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Lee is a punk, plain and simple. Like the way he was styling on that comebacker in the World Series against the Yankees. He is just PO’d to be on the Mariners. And if he is throwing at someone’s head he is a jerk as well as a punk.

  3. Lees a punk - Mar 16, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    He is the epitome of a hothead. Last year while with the Indians, he was jabbing back and forth with Carlos Gomez of the Twins cause Gomez “dared” to try a drag bunt on him… He wouldnt let go of it the whole game… Everytime Gomez came up he kept asking him if he was going to try and bunt again. He is just a jerk and I hope he does horribly in Seattle.

  4. bob - Mar 16, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    so he has pinpoint control and throws one OVER another guys head, and he was trying to kill him?
    Clemens had a nice career after throwing 3 straight at Tejada’s head in the 2001 ALDS. Luckily for Miguel, he had “hitting the dirt” down to a science by that point.

  5. Old Gator - Mar 16, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    I did indeed read it. It was a snide, contemptuous celebration of all the ways people can justify inflicting injuries on each other under the faux-excuse of putting on a team uniform, and the glories of trumping good sense and civility with testosterone. You’re another shellshocked ex-vet who thinks anyone who wants to conduct themselves in some sort of civilized manner is somehow wussy. When they discharged you, didn’t anyone point out that when you leave the battlefield civilization is supposed to conduct itself by some saner sort of code other than kill-or-be-killed? If they did, it didn’t sink in. Apparently you still think that violence is the ne-plus-ultra of sports, which is utter horseshit – as is trying to make yourself look even a little bit sane with that ridiculous disclaimer about Lee throwing at Zito, as if all of your foaming and blathering before that should count for zilch in a moment of fake contrition. Please. Why don’t you go back to defending the good people of Kansas City against my evil plot to soak them for a new stadium? Talk about hallucinations and hysteria.

  6. Old Gator - Mar 16, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Typo: that’s Lee throwing at Snyder.

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