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A pretty epic brawl happened in Cuba last night

Feb 18, 2014, 11:31 AM EST

Ben Badler of Baseball America brings us word of an incredible brawl at a ballgame in Cuba last night. A guy charged the mound with a bat and started swinging. And it wasn’t even the batter who was hit. It was just a dude from the dugout who grabbed a bat and charged out.

Badler explains who the participants are and what led up to it. The pitcher plays for the Cuban national team and pitched in the WBC. The guy who got hit is a hot young prospect.

Fun — and quite scary — times.

  1. chacochicken - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    I’d be rather upset if dude took a home run swing at my head.

    • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      More brains…..

      • moogro - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        Send more cops…

    • seeinred87 - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      The catcher did a really good job of subduing the bat-wielding madman. Good teammate.

  2. Old Gator - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    It’s the beginning of the counter-revolution. Just the other night there was fighting in the hills between the security forces and some local villagers. You could hear the army shelling the Cacahuates deep into the night.

    • chacochicken - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      Send Craig, guns, and money.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        Wearing baseball uniforms lends plausible deniability to covert assaults — also the inclusion of Craig, who blends in like Marcus Brody.

  3. spudchukar - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    “It’s just a Cuban crime of passion, messy and ol’ fashioned, Yeah that’s what the papers say… Up in America…Up in America.”

    • kevinleaptrot - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      Anejo & bats a flashin’

      • dlf9 - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        I thought Jimmy’s only baseball reference was in ‘Growing Older But Not Up.” Thank you both for clearing that up for me.

  4. raysfan1 - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Has any seen Jose Offerman lately?

    • rje49 - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      Yeah, he recently signed on with some team in Havana. Why?

  5. yordo - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Brought to you in beautiful 240p. Silly Cubans.

  6. jss1330 - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Damn you Puig

  7. jimeejohnson - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    This is the downside of “machismo”. of which the Latin people don’t have a monopoly on.

  8. Francisco (FC) - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    A guy charged the mound with a bat and started swinging.

    That’s ONE way for the team to take out the opposing starting pitcher.

  9. nymets4ever - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Look at these lowlife testosterone-overloaded thugs. The Japanese play with so much more grace and class.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      • vivabear - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        For sure there are brawls in Japan too. Not sure if Rod Allen is the most effective response here – considering he was an American playing in Japan.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        I just like watching it. Not arguing.

      • vivabear - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        Watching it for the display testosterone?

      • historiophiliac - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        I like parades.

      • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        “Not sure if Rod Allen is the most effective response here – considering he was an American playing in Japan.”

        A truly encyclopedic display of Googling, even if the commentary was totally irrelevant. Stick with pornography. You sound more vested in your natural element there.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        Uh, okay…

        /takes her porn and goes home

      • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        Better that way. Watching it on your laptop at Starbucks upsets the little ones.

      • bh192012 - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        No, it’s the Koreans that know how to brawl.

      • Gamera the Brave - Feb 18, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        That’s the second weirdest thing I’ve seen all day…

  10. moogro - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    I think the worst thing by far about baseball fights are the guys running in from center field five minutes later. That’s embarrassing.

    • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      You mean like Chris Johnson “going after” El Keed from about ten layers of frothing Braves away from the center?

      • vivabear - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        No, since Chris Johnson was playing 3rd base that day.

      • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        Which is what he usually played, yes, moron, we know. The comparison here was with running in to join a brawl from outside the melee and being stuck outside it, but behaving like a frothing idiot anyway. You know, the way you try to barge stupidly and irrelevantly into a thread like this, and wind up blathering mindlessly from the outside despite your gratuitous mock hostility.

      • vivabear - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        I hope you have a way to reach out to you’re POA from the nursing home. You may need to have them call your Dr. to up your dose of high blood pressure medicine after the show you’ve put on today Old Felcherito.

      • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        Naaahhh, the kind of mirth you inspire, even if unintentionally, ackcherley lets me cut my dose of Atorvastatin – it even leaves me room to eat more seafood.

  11. aopps42 - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Are we sure this happened recently and not in 1985? What kind of cameras are they using down there? The film we watched for my high school football team in the 90’s was better quality than this garbage.

    • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      It’s about half due to the abyssal incompetence of the Cuban economic planners, and half due to our ridiculous embargo. If you’re Cuban and you don’t have a relative living abroad who sends you stuff, the price of something like a new camera would be about six months’ wages for the average Cuban worker. Only the party members have the good stuff – which is another way of saying that our mindless embargo only really harms the population at large, not the government people. And if you think the cameras are old, you ought to see their cars. Havana is renowned for its nineteen fifties and early sixties Chevies, Buicks, Fords and Studebakers.

      But more to the technology point: some years ago I was planning to fly over Cuba to go to an aviation convention on Grand Cayman. Private pilots can send an application and a check for an overfly permit to the Cuban embassy in Ottawa (refusing to talk to the Cuban government ourselves is yet another symptom of our political anality) and they send you back a passage code to “check in” with as you fly over each way. They have three air corridors you can use to cross the island, and we had to use the central one, called the Giron corridor, to get to Grand Cayman. As we approached their territorial waters, I called in and gave them our code. They said “fine” and gave us clearance. But we could tell from the quality of the radio reception that their radios were old, underpowered and apparently used tubes instead of transistors. The sound quality was worse than the visual quality of that brawl film. We actually doubted if they even heard us accurately enough to match up our code with the ones they (supposedly) had in front of them for that day and time.

      So on the way back, we decided to try a little experiment. When we checked it, we scrambled a couple of our numbers around and read off an altered code. They said “fine” and let us through anyway. To this day I can’t be sure if they didn’t hear us and were so used to not being able to make out transmissions that they just figured we were whomever we said we were, or that they were just sitting in their office snorting cheap rum and didn’t give a rat’s ass one way or another. So it goes.

    • moogro - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      Your high school did not use film in the 90’s.

      • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        True, but then I had graduated from it in the 60s, so they probably had retired the 16-MM Frank Merriwell serials they used to show over rainy lunchtimes too. Meanwhile, we had graduated from chocolate milk and Frank Merriwell to acid and High School Madness with Peorgie and Mudhead, which we were able to visualize without resort to mechanical aids.

      • vivabear - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        Obviously that was not a response to you, Old Felcherito.

      • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        But much more obviously, it was a good natured commentary on moogro’s post. Usually I wouldn’t need to bother to explain that, but I realize what an extraordinary dimwit I’m addressing, so I am being as clear and simple as necessary. More obvious even than that, though, these conversations aren’t closed circuits. Then again, to you, the obvious is the new esoteric.

      • vivabear - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        If that’s the case, you use the term “good natured commentary” very loosely.

      • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        More like you really had nothing to say, so you said something that was totally meaningless. As usual.

        I see you’re between jobs yet again, by the way.

      • vivabear - Feb 18, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        Amazing, you can classify what someone else comments as totally meaningless. Your keyboard spills enough diarrhea to make even Murray Chass blush.

        “I see you’re between jobs yet again, by the way.” Prejudice must not get old for you?

      • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        More meaningless blather – “prejudice”??? Now that’s what I mean by meaningless. You call my comments meaningless only because you lack the baseline literacy, not to mention the imagination, to understand them, believing, as you do, that your level of ignorance ought to be the universal horizon of comprehension. You’re a typical ignoramus that way, as common as gravel. You’ve been on here on a working (or junior high school) day belching nothing but bile and idiocy all day long. When I call you useless, it’s not just for lack of anything else to say. It’s acutely descriptive of what you are – or, are not, as this case may be.

      • vivabear - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:42 PM

        Poor Old Felcher, completely convinced he’s smarter and better than everyone else. Your go to move is just insulting someone else’s intelligence. Evidently using obscure words on an internet comment board is the new small dick syndrome. And limp dick in Old Felcher’s case.

      • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        They’re not obscure. You just don’t know what they mean and are too petty to admit your own illiteracy. And no, I don’t think I’m smarter than everyone else. I just know that I’m a lot smarter than you. And anyway, you don’t even have a discernible intelligence to insult in the first place.

      • vivabear - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        Come on now, Old Felcher, you definitely are not smarter than me. U don’t even know the appropriate usage of “illiterate.” ur clueless about every aspect of baseball.

      • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        It’s rib-stretching what a joke you are. “U don’t even know the appropriate usage of “illiterate.” ur clueless…” etc. There’s no point even in arguing with you when I can just sit back and let you go on making the case for your own imbecility.

      • vivabear - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:28 AM

        Sorry Old Felcher….the rest of the world is leaving u behind. Lots of ppl post on here with their phones, its common and accepted to use u and ur in place or you and you are. I guess ur too braindead to figure that one out. Ur probably sitting there with a T1 modem assuming ur the cock of the walk.

      • Old Gator - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:42 AM

        Give it up, sewerbear – the only folks for whom it’s acceptable to be illiterate are other illiterates. No reason to use technology as an excuse to be too lazy to spell simple pronouns properly. Accept it: you’re hopelessly stupid, hopelessly trivial, hopelessly juvenile and hopelessly gutter life – and you always will be.

      • vivabear - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:56 AM

        Old Felcher – let me get this straight; you have a problem with someone substituting u for you and ur for you are? Yet, you think it’s perfectly fine to use idiotic misspellings such as: boolpen, feesh, etc. Further, you racistly mock the spoken English of native Spanish speakers by phonetically spelling out some made up quote into your posted comments here. Got it, makes perfect sense to me.

  12. rrsm53 - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Who cares it was in Cuba let them smash each other to no end.

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