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Red Sox, Yankees minor leaguers brawl (with video)

May 14, 2011, 1:57 PM EDT


Taking the rivalry a bit too seriously perhaps, the low Single-A Greenville Drive and Charleston River Dogs had it out Friday night, brawling after the second pitch of the game.

Baseball America’s Ben Badler said there was some lingering bad blood from a series between the teams three weeks ago, so when Red Sox prospect Miguel Celestino hit former Yankees first-round pick Slade Heathcott in the top of the first, mayhem ensued.

Rather than go after Celestino, Heathcott turned and shoved catcher Christian Vazquez instead.

Youtube user rdogsfan11 caught the brawl on the video:

Ejections were handed to Heathcott and Vazquez, as well as one reliever for each team: Garett Rau for the Drive and Kelvin Perez for the River Dogs.

Heathcott, one of the Yankees’ top prospects, seems certain to be suspended. The 20-year-old, who was taken 29th overall in the 2009 draft, is hitting .312/.396/.504 with three homers in 125 at-bats this season.

Charleson ended up winning the contest 6-2.   It was the first game in a four-game series,  so perhaps more fireworks are in store.

  1. bigharold - May 14, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Of course he went after the catcher. Ever since Capt Sucker Punch planted his mitt in A-Rod’s face Yankees have known that you might as well start with the catcher. it’s part of their rookie league training.

    As baseball fights that one pretty intense but that because they are single A players. Once they get a little closer to the majors they mature, .. and see real money in the near future. No point in risking that over something as trivial as getting plunked.

    • deathmonkey41 - May 14, 2011 at 3:16 PM

      You can’t blame Varitek for that- he ws having roid rage like the rest of the juiced up Red Sox of the time

      • redsghost - May 14, 2011 at 3:48 PM

        Actually you can blame A-Fraud, Tek wanted some and went to the person known for using and passing around steroids. A Dealer needs to keep his supply well stocked, but that’s hard when you’re providing drugs for the rest of your Yankee teammates. Sad to see all those NY championships from the 80’s,90’s and 2000’s with an asterick next to them.

      • deathmonkey41 - May 14, 2011 at 7:31 PM

        That’s funny- A-Rod did steroids when he was with the Rangers, but I see your point- you have none. Now Big Papi and Manny both tested positive when with the Red Sox- so yeah- your point is even more stupid.

      • redsghost - May 14, 2011 at 8:38 PM

        Wow, Moron was the best you could do huh? I raise you one moron and increase the bid by one idiot. So, what you’re saying is….A-Fraud quit steroids when he went to a team known for steroids? I’m not a Red Sox fan but even THEY aren’t as delusional as you. How about Jorge today? Looks like he needs a couple of shots

  2. jimbo1949 - May 14, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    #33 Escobar kickin and stompin. Johnny Cueto wannabe?

    • bigharold - May 14, 2011 at 3:07 PM

      Yeah, kicking somebody when they weren’t looking.. that took real nerve. He gets the Man of the Week award.

  3. Brian Murphy - May 14, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    That guy with the all-out dive across the pile at 0:11, for the win.

  4. redsghost - May 14, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    “former Yankees first-round pick Slade Heathcott ”
    So, did the fight start because of Heathcott’s roid rage or depression coming off roids? Hey, just saying. When the rest of the organization is taking roids then……

    • GSheffield - May 14, 2011 at 4:02 PM


    • bigdicktater - May 14, 2011 at 6:33 PM

      You’re a moron. This kid has no reason to take ‘roids, he’s gonna be a star without them.
      By the way, here in Chucktown we hate going to a fight and a ballgame breaks out.

  5. goldensombrero3000 - May 15, 2011 at 1:53 AM

    you always have to go after the catcher. Going after the pitcher you could get Nolan Ryan’d or T-boned by a fat ass first basemen. you can catch a cather on their heals.

  6. goldensombrero3000 - May 15, 2011 at 1:54 AM


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