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Hanley Ramirez had to leave last night’s game after being plunked twice

Jul 21, 2014, 10:31 AM EDT

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Already missing Yasiel Puig last night due to his being hit by a pitch on the left hand, the Dodgers had to finish last night’s win against the Cardinals after Hanley Ramirez was . . . hit on the left hand. And it wasn’t the first time he was hit. Earlier in the game he got plunked in his left shoulder. Tough night at the office.

The good news: a preliminary exam showed no major injuries and he told reporters that he expects to start today’s game in Pittsburgh. Don Mattingly may keep him out of the game for precautionary reasons, but it’s good to know it’s not as bad as it could’ve been.

  1. riverace19 - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Kershaw had his back, always does. Love that guy.

  2. emrtgb - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    yeah, because the cardinals pitchers were obviously trying to hit the dodgers (sarcasm)

    I wouldn’t say this is “having his back”

    I’d like to see Kershaw in a real fight

    • blabidibla - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      At 6’3″ 225 lbs, I’d be willing to bet Kershaw could handle himself alright.

      • kycardsfan - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        He could, but Holliday is 6’4″ 250, prolly not the best guy to hit on purpose.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        Holliday took it like a man, and then took out Ramirez at second like a man. That’s the cycle.

    • bigbenh8tr - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      I’ll admit I only watched portions of the game and don’t want to rely on just ESPN play by play but it definitely sounded like the Cards hit him intentionally (at least the first time). A team that honors the unwritten rules, eye roll.

      At least both teams have level headed managers?

      • rickwenthe - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:31 AM

        Do you know who holds the record for hit bats men, a Dodger Don Drysdale we must have learned it from you guys! Baseball is a mans game!

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Yeah, because Joe Kelly is such a stand-up guy, which is why his first pitch to Hanley during the playoffs busted Hanley’s rib.

      Freaking Cardinal way and the freaking best fans in baseball can freak the frig off….

      • blacksables - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        Tom Niedenfuher agrees with this comment.

      • gibbyfan - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:09 PM

        The standoff between Kelly and Van Slyke was just childish……….Although I think it’s a little silly to retaliate for a pirch that was pretty obviously unintentional, as Mike Matheny aptly inplied when he in effect said……….that’s how it goes –it’s jsut part of the game
        From everything I have read seems like Kershaw is a class act. so just doing what he felt he had to do.
        As far as physical matchups go,baseball fights are notoriously non events and few if any players I have seen have really demonstrated serious fighting skills, Bur, I do think that if a physical confrontation were thought likely, Kershaw probably picked the worst guy in the cardinal lineup to hit —-the man curls 100pound dumbells and looks like a prototypical NFL linebacker

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:03 AM

        No. 1, that stand-off was funny, and I bring it up as part humor and part Joe Kelly is an attention hound. In terms of the HBP, Holliday was the perfect person for that. And it hit him in the perfect spot. It wasn’t high on the shoulder, or in on the hands, but smack dab on the hip/butt. And Holliday seemed to understand, and went after Ramirez on the basepaths as he was expected to. But if they meet again, and Cardinal pitching hits another middle of the order bat, you’ll probably see an immediate retaliation, and yes, there might be fighting. That’s what I predict for the playoffs. Because it gets emotional having your team’s batters hit by pitches from the same team that ended your team’s previous seasons with a pitch that cracked the team MVP’s rib. It’s okay to acknowledge the actions of your own team that dictate a response from the other team.

  3. bringbackkosar - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Hanley Ramirez hurt, in other news fire is hot and water is wet

  4. wilmyers09 - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    that was un called for from kershaw when he hit matt holliday carlos marinez did not hit hanley on purpose dodgers are so whiny and cry babies

    • Greg S. - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      And he wasn’t hit on purpose in the playoffs last year either. Moron!

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      Uncalled for? Your team hit 3 Dodger batters. You’re lucky only one Cardinal has been plunked during this time.

      If we meet in the playoffs again, it’s not going to be pretty.

      • blacksables - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:55 AM

        I have the Cardinals by knockout in the first round. They have a lot of big boys.

      • fearlessleader - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        True story: I was at the game last night, and my second or third thought after Hanley’s unfortunate plunking was “Koufaxmitzvah is going to be unbearable tomorrow.”

        The best thing about this comment, though, is the combination of the tough talk and the first-person “we,” as though your ribs were actually going to be at stake. :)

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        Ah…. You were thinking of me! That’s sweet.

        I was thinking about that POS Joe Kelly trying to out-do Scott Van Slyke last year during the playoffs, literally keeping the game from starting so that he could hold his hand to his heart longer than SVS could stand perfectly still after the National Anthem.

        And what’s the best? Being the one person on this planet to type our WE and YOU rather than DODGERS and CARDINALS (aka BEST FANS AND BEST PEOPLE YOU’LL EVER REALLY WANT TO MEET, SO SAYETH THEM).

        Seriously, that’s a lot of typing to keep keeping it real.

        Tell you what…. I’m working from home today, and am packing a bowl in honor of you right now. Close your eyes and breath deep. Imagine…. what am I doing now?

        (But I do have my pants on, so don’t get too excited.)

      • fearlessleader - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        Um….maybe it’s time to loosen the belt a bit?

        P.S. Cracking up at your characterization of the hilarious Kelly/Van Slyke standoff, which somehow made one guy a POS and the other guy a patriotic hero in your mind despite the fact that they were doing the exact same thing on national TV for all to see. (That’s cool, though. It’s probably because Kelly grew up in SoCal and Van Slyke grew up in St. Louis…..KIDDING! Deep breaths!)

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        Absolutely on point with your Holliday comment. He took it and came in hard at 2nd. That is what he is supposed to do. The way it should be handled. But come on Sandy!
        That Kelly/Van Slyke standoff was nothing more than two goof balls having some fun.
        Your boys even put a damn helmet on Van Slyke! And you want to take offense?
        They put a helmet on him! A helmet!

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 21, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        Now now, Lou. Kelly lost that stare down by being weak kneed and then actually being told to stay out there. He knew he had no chance against the tenacity of Scott Van Slick.

        Can’t spell Joe Kelly without JOKE.

  5. kingscourt25 - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    https://twitter.com/BestFansStLouis was awesome last night

    • kycardsfan - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      We have some embarrassing fans, but so does every other fan base. I agree that the Dodgers have a beef about getting hit. It wasn’t intentional, but that’s scary location. I thought Hanley’s hand was broken for sure.

  6. dcbear90 - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Anyone that thinks Ramirez was hit on purpose is a moron. Martinez doesn’t know where the ball is going half the time and Rosenthal had him 0-2. I don’t want to see anyone hit, especially up and in, but both pitches got away, nothing more.

    And knock it off with the BFIB crap. That’s so old and tired. Every fan base has fans that think their fans are the best. The media has really blown that all out of proportion, which is what they do.

    • kingscourt25 - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      Martinez shouldn’t be starting if his control is that bad. It probably wasn’t intentional, but that ball was on a straight line towards Hanley forehead at 99+. You can’t do that.

      • blacksables - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        That’s the same thing they said about Nolan Ryan.

    • Greg S. - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Maybe you should stop acting like your poop don’t stink then. You’re giving Red Sox fans a run for their money.

  7. 13arod - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    kingscourt25 he got hit in shoulders you Moran.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      he was hit twice you Mo Ron

      once on the left HAND

      once on the shoulder

      oh, it wasn’t “shoulders” as you said either Mo Ron.

      he did NOT get hit on BOTH shoulders, only one of them.

    • kingscourt25 - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      Could’ve sworn a shoulder is just a few inches above a person’s head

      • blacksables - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        Only if they’re a hunchback.

    • lanflfan - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      Unless your an alien, your shoulders are just below your head. Thus, it is not out of line to think the pitch was, generally speaking, going towards Hanley’s head.

      And it is spelled “MORON”; unless you were referring to Erin Moran from Happy Days.

  8. kaleidoscopictreats - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Martinez didn’t beam Ramirez intentionally, but neither did Martinez intend NOT to beam him. And I think that’s what Kershaw’s response was all about.

    Instead of a retaliation, it was more like “Hey, you guys have hit Ramirez too many times (and too hard) for us to let this one slide. So next time, after I hit Holiday, your pitchers are better go out of their way to TRY NOT to hit Ramirez because this is getting ridiculous.”

    • missingdiz - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      At last, somebody making sense.

  9. tbutler704 - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Don Mattingly needs to work on his enraged baseball manager routine. Pitiful display last night. That moment could have been a classic tirade.

  10. mas1012 - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    I’m done with St. Louis. How the hell is claiming something to be unintentional a justification for hitting Dodger players on a regular basis, high and in with 100 mph fast balls. Is a reckless driver absolved if he unintentionally gets in an accident, over and over again? The cardinals clearly couldn’t care less if they miss and hit someone and consistently do it, so at what point do you bear some responsibility? And screw john Kruk and the rest of media constantly absolving St. Louis and this pretentious “Cardinal Way.” You have a problem with the way Puig celebrates, but not drilling guys on a regular basis. I wonder what cardinal fans would say if it were the reverse. I think I speak for everyone when I say the cardinals are all a bunch of hypocritical clowns with no courage to admit fault

    • lanflfan - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      The only advice I would take from John Kruk is how to properly feed a beer belly.

  11. lanflfan - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Hitting batters with 90+ mph pitches is stupid any day of the week, and there is a little too much history here (especially in last years’ NLCS) for me. I’d like to see every series between the two played with warnings to each side from the first pitch. Anyone gets hit, the pitcher and coach are gone. Hit another batter, another pitcher and coach are gone. No warnings, no mulligans, and no crying. Can’t control your stuff? Don’t pitch inside.

  12. bfunk1978 - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    The butthurt is strong in this thread. lol

  13. stlouis1baseball - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    This crap is getting tired. You Dodgers fans are starting to sound like Reds fans.
    The ONLY pitch that was thrown intentionally was Kershaw’s. And guess what? I would have done the same damn thing. But that doesn’t mean your boys were intentionally beaned. Get over yourselves.
    If you pitch inside…this s h i t is going to happen on occasion. But again…I would have done the same thing Kershaw did. But I would have left it at that. Just like Holliday and Kershaw did.
    A huge number of people posting on this board could take a cue from both of them.

  14. rickwenthe - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:36 AM

    You guys do know a Dodgers pitcher taught every one, the record holder of his bats men is Don Drysdale! So don’t complain base ball is for big boys, quit crowding the plate!

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