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Brush back Yoenis Cespedes and pay the price

Aug 13, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

Yoenis Cespedes AP

You’ll often hear pitchers and/or old-schoolers tout the importance of brushing back hitters with inside pitches to keep them off the plate.

Reds right-hander Jonathan Broxton tried that last night against Yoenis Cespedes, going way up and way in on the Red Sox outfielder. And on the very next pitch, a 95-mph fastball, Cespedes launched a mammoth two-run homer to dead center field that turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead (and victory).

Asked afterward about the brush-back attempt, Cespedes replied via an interpreter: “A lot of times pitchers think when you get a pitch thrown high and tight on you like that, you’ll back off and get a little flustered, but that’s not how I am.”

No, no it isn’t. Thankfully.

  1. aceinthehole12 - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Don’t care much for the Red Sox, but as an A’s fans this makes me smile. I hope Yoenis does well in Boston and wherever he goes after that. La Potencia !

  2. El Bravo - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    That is pretty fantastic.

  3. timmmah10 - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Now THAT is the way to answer back, not throwing at each other until people get thrown out of the game…

    • bobmcbigballs - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Hard to hit a home run when you’re out for the season with a broken hand though

      • Paper Lions - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        Well, sure. But many pitches that hit guys in the hands aren’t all that far from the zone and/or are FBs that are tailing in to them and most are not on purpose. If a guy has a broken hand because he never moved his hands out of the way of a pitch that was less than a foot from the strike zone….well, maybe next time he should move instead of diving into the pitch and trusting the pitch to move out of his way.

  4. huddlma - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    I know you take a lot of pride in your manhood, Jonathan. It’s impressive. But as big as it is, Cespedes can still shut the door on it.

    • js20011041 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      While I suppose it doesn’t necessarily matter to Cespedes, he still got brushed back then immediately hit a bomb, I don’t think the brush back was intentional. You’ll see Mesoraco set up outside. Not that it wasn’t impressive to see, but I don’t think we ought to be turning this into a test of manhood. A pitch happened to get away from Broxton. Then on the subsequent pitch, Cespedes hit a homer. That’s all.

      • stex52 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        I think the brush back was probably intentional. But that’s not a problem. There is absolutely nothing wrong with establishing the inner part of the plate as a pitching zone. It’s pitching at a person that is childish and disgusting.

        And Cespedes responded perfectly. That was good baseball by both sides.

      • jm91rs - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        I’m no pitching expert, but the first pitch didn’t come off of Broxton’s hand right. It looked like it didn’t just miss location but completely got away from him.

      • stex52 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        I should have said that in principle it was good baseball by both sides. Broxton’s HR pitch was not so good.

      • infieldhit - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        Yeah, it’s one thing to throw a brush back, but follow it up with a good pitch. It’s not like you shouldn’t risk pissing off the hitter because then he’ll crush you no matter what.

  5. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    As an O’s fan, this made me smile. Good for him. He responded the right way. Even felt better after Broxton was glaring at him as he rounded third. What a d-bag.

  6. seeinred87 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Stuff like this is why baseball is awesome.

  7. apkyletexas - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Was it really a “mammoth” home run, or was it a typical Big Pappi type Fenway HR that wouldn’t reach the warning track in most parks?

    • skeleteeth - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      Here, look for yourself, dangus…

    • tynoceros - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    • nolanwiffle - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      1. The game was played in Cincinnati, OH
      2. The ball carries well over the 404 ft. marker on the fence.

      You probably should have just written “I don’t like David Ortiz.” That would have made as much sense.

    • stex52 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      433 ft to center field. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a real home run to me.

    • drewzducks - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      Congrats. You managed to show both your envy and stupidity in one sentence.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        Yep. He must just hate Cubans and he can’t keep them straight. Typically, he just rips on Puig ….though he finally stopped saying the league figured him out.

      • stex52 - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:46 PM

        In fairness, I think the Puig thing is a pathological hatred of the Dodgers. He also thinks Kershaw is a wimp who can’t take playoff pressure.

    • kevinbnyc - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      You don’t even have to watch the video to be able to tell they’re not in Boston…you can tell from the still shot before you hit play.

  8. islandmike1 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Love this stuff. Think I’ve seen Bautista react similarly. Brush him back and he gets all ninja-focusy.

  9. bisonaudit - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    That was a pretty fat pitch.

  10. rawdog2013 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    LOVE seeing this. Mo Vaughn has a YouTube clip of the same thing.

    Still think this is a good trade. Lester is 3-0 with Oakland so far, but we will definitely miss Yoenis

  11. pete2112 - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Totally off subject, but doesn’t it look like Cespedes is about to cry in this photo?

  12. theebbandflow - Aug 13, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Is it me or do people tend to only own Jonathan Broxton in notable fashion?

    Post season… after an attempt to be old-school… on a trampoline…

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