Did D-backs Erase Demons
With Aces’ Brawl?
Bench-Clearing, No-Holds-Barred Brawl Between The Reno Aces And The Albuquerque Isotopes Brings Back Memories Of The 2013 Melee That Seemed To Sink The Diamondbacks’ Season
By Bob Goodwood
Modern Times Magazine
July 28, 2014 — A little more than a year ago — on June 12 to be exact — the Arizona Diamondbacks got into a brawl with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
At the time, the D-backs were in first place and had been for most of the season. The rest, they say, is history, as the Dodgers rallied behind a rookie named Yasiel Puig to take the division.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have not been the same team since. Sure, they galloped out to first place in 2013 behind a rookie that tired at the end of the season — remember Patrick Corbin — and if they had made the playoffs it might have been the worst starting staff to ever do so.
But pitching aside, it just appeared that the brawl had a tremendous impact on the 2013 campaign. Again, pitching determines a lot with regard to success in baseball, but as is the case with every sport, a psychological edge can mean even more.
So, can a brawl between the teams’ two AAA affiliates — the Reno Aces for the Diamondbacks and the Albuquerque Isotopes for the Los Angeles Dodgers — do anything for the psyche of the players at the Major League level?
Maybe, maybe not.
The villain from the Aces and Diamondbacks perspective is Erisbel Arruebarrena, who after a home-run Friday night performed one of the slowest home-run trots as possible.
A turtle could have passed him if he tried.
Arruebarrena’s Turtle Trot Home-Run
The Aces weren’t going to take it and when Arruebarrena took exception being struck out, Aces catcher Blake Lalli threw the ball to the third baseman and stepped slightly close to Arruebarrena. When he pushed Lalli, it was on.
And it should have been on.
Sure, if you fight in your office, you’d go to jail and no one is saying violence is good even on a baseball field or a hockey rink. But no matter where you are, when you get pushed, it is legally OK for you to push back to defend yourself.
And, while the moral implications are personal for everyone, it might just be the psychological edge that the organization might need.
Besides, its just good to know that at least someone stood up to the Dodgers.
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