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Don’t expect fireworks in Dodgers-Padres rematch Monday

Apr 12, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

Carlos Quentin, Zack Greinke Getty Images

Tempers have just a few days to cool off before the Dodgers and Padres play in Los Angeles on Monday. That Matt Kemp wants a piece of Carlos Quentin is undeniable, and it’s safe to say he’s not the only Dodger who feels that way — he’s just the biggest and strongest.

Still, those expecting anything more than a typical ballgame Monday are likely to be disappointed for a few reasons.

First, April 15 is Jackie Robinson Day in MLB. The Dodgers take that day even a little more seriously than the rest of the league does, and it’s safe to say that the commissioner’s office will let it be known the league is not to be embarrassed on that date. What a mess it would be if a brawl broke out between 50 guys wearing Jackie’s No. 42 on their backs.

Second, Don Mattingly would look like a pretty big hypocrite if, after all of his righteous anger last night, he let his players take matters into their own hands and go ahead Quentin. Mattingly called for Quentin to be suspended for however long Greinke is absent. That’s not going to happen, of course. But Mattingly would look really bad if one of his players went and knocked Quentin out for a considerable period of time.

Third, it’s just too obvious anyway. The Dodgers don’t seem to have any issues with any Padres except Quentin. There’s no reason for them to drill anyone else. And if they retaliate at Quentin now, they’ll just be hurting themselves with the suspensions sure to result. The Dodgers and Padres play six series this year. There will be plenty of time for them to take aim at Quentin later, if they so choose. Or maybe they could just be the bigger men and focus on beating the Padres on the scoreboard.

  1. hittfamily - Apr 12, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    I say trade for Kyle Farnsworth and bean his ass. Try that block bullshit on Kyle and he might lose a testicle.

    • rohlo - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      In a 2010 game between the Reds and Cardinals, a bench clearing brawl erupted. Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto KICKED Cardinals catcher Jason Larue IN THE HEAD. Larue suffered a severe concussion, followed by post-concussion symptoms. Jason Larue never played another MLB game in his career.

      Cueto effectively ended Larue’s career with a kick to the dome. His punishment? Suspended SEVEN games.

      Quentin shoulder bumped and then wrestled with Greinke, who unfortunately happens to be very frail. No punches or kicks were thrown.

      This is a three day suspension, at most.

      Get some perspective Dodgers fans.

      • rohlo - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        also most doger fans forget they had a real headcase player once in milton bradley!!! i lmao at all dodger fans acting like none of their players have ever done something rediculous on the diamond… isnt this the same fanabse responsible for beating a giant fan in their parking lot almost to death.. brian stowe???? u all sound like a bunch of hypocrites….

  2. historiophiliac - Apr 12, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Was there any text after Matt Kemp is the “biggest and strongest”?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Apr 12, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      Not until the next paragraph. I guess it does read a little oddly. Hmmm….

      • historiophiliac - Apr 12, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        No, I thought it ended perfectly. :D

    • rohlo - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      matt kemp = the guy who you are tryign to fight and doesnt do anything but just flap his gums and yap yap yap…. u can call him all talk NO ACTION jackson!!!!!

  3. dodgerdave619 - Apr 12, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Big the bigger men??? Shouldn’t Carlos have been the bigger man and none of this woulda happened?? Man what a retard!

    • richyballgame - Apr 12, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      Dodgerdave,I’m not quite understanding the heat around all of it. Have you ever been hit by a 90mph fastball? Grienke clearly barked something at Quentin after he nailed him,he provoked Carlos Quentin and paid,stop denying the facts. If this were any other player,nobody would be talking about this.

      • manchestermiracle - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:30 PM

        More stupid bullshit in believing physical force is somehow a valid reaction to words. Quentin is a chicken-shit asshole and you’re in his class for trying to defend him.

      • jeffbbf - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:34 PM

        Reminds me of a Cub/Padre game in 2009 or 2010. Chris Young nailed Derek Lee with a pitch and Lee was taking his time shaking it off around home plate. Young walked off the mound and asked Lee if he was ok. Lee said he was, and Young followed with “well… get the fuck down to first base then!” Lee charged the mound and the 2 had a nice slap fight before the benches emptied and 50 people had a quick flash mob. Nothing different here except Greinke’s collarbone got in the way. Crazy baseball players.

  4. onbucky96 - Apr 12, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Donny, order the Code Red.

  5. greysolon - Apr 12, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Pretty doubtful that Kemp “wants a piece” of Quentin. He has all the appearances of a yapping dog who wants zero real action. “Hold me back! Hold me back! Hold me back!”

    • davidpom50 - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      Except for the part where he searched out Quentin not once, but twice after the game was over. Those are not the actions of a man who wants zero real action. Kemp was fuming. I would like nothing more than for him to calm down and back off, because the BEST outcome for him if he attacked in any way Quentin would be a long suspension. He could also get seriously hurt.

      • greysolon - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        You mean he was still playing the “hold me back!” game after the game? So cute of him.

        .

  6. mjhutmkr - Apr 12, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    LOL!

    What a complete joke.

    Dodgers overpaid for Zack and this is their just reward.

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      Right. After all, who wants to see a good pitcher play just because you think a team paid him too much? Today must be douchebag Friday, they’re coming out of the woodwork.

  7. papacrick - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    I wouldn’t worry about Quentin he’ll take himself out soon enough. He can’t play a Month’s slate of games without a DL trip

  8. wfon1 - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    On Monday, the Padres will play in L.A., not San Diego.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      Whoops, thank you!

  9. onbucky96 - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Quentin. Major League A-Hole.

  10. lostsok - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Kershaw should put a 98 mph fastball right into Quintin’s face.

  11. rohlo - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    In a 2010 game between the Reds and Cardinals, a bench clearing brawl erupted. Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto KICKED Cardinals catcher Jason Larue IN THE HEAD. Larue suffered a severe concussion, followed by post-concussion symptoms. Jason Larue never played another MLB game in his career.

    Cueto effectively ended Larue’s career with a kick to the dome. His punishment? Suspended SEVEN games.

    Quentin shoulder bumped and then wrestled with Greinke, who unfortunately happens to be very frail. No punches or kicks were thrown.

    This is a three day suspension, at most.

    Get some perspective Dodgers fans.

  12. rohlo - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    -post from an espn writer:

    Quentin had been hit Twice in two games this season by Dodgers pitchers and had to sit out a game with a hurt wrist already.

    Greinke, a pitcher known for his exceptional control, (46 HBP in 10 MLB seasons with 21 of those in 2004 and 2005 – TOP 5 in control in MLB over past 8 seasons with 3 HBP per season) has now hit Quentin 3 times in the 8 games they have faced each other lifetime. In 2009 Quentin missed time because Greinke plunked him. Quentin had hit 3 home runs off Greinke prior to this game.

    Then Greinke says something to Quentin after hitting him on purpose. Seriously!

    And to compound that, he tries to throw a shoulder into a 235 lb linebacker looking guy? WTF are you stupid? Guess we know the answer to that one.

    And for Mattingly to even TRY to say that Quentin crowds the plate is ludicrous. Take a look at this photo of the plate appearance – (pic.twitter.com/RYJcXrIkSq)

    Kemp DOES crowd the plate – (pic.twitter.com/LBpG2sHjWA)
    And Kemp got an inside pitch that did not hit him that was a 78 mph CHANGEUP, not a 93 MPH fastball. He should just be glad that was not Cashner on the mound.

    And then Kemp had to be restrained by police after the game where the padres clayton richard towered over him and got in between the two players who were jabbering back n forth..all talk kemp!!!

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