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Top 5 Baseball Brawls of All Time

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Baseball fights are sometimes far and in-between, so let’s cherish them.

Top 5 Baseball Brawls of All Time

Editor's Note: Baseball "fights" are often just glorified screaming matches, but these ones certainly aren't. -Ross

In lieu of last nights fight between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers, let's take a look at the top five brawls that have taken place on the green diamond. 

5. Let's start off in 2004, with two teams that have truly hated each other for over a century now (I'll give you a minute to guess). If you guessed Red Sox and Yankees, you've probably watched a baseball game before. There's nothing better than seeing a catcher initiate the first swing; it's like a gladiator in full body armor shoving a bunch of equipment at someone with nothing on. The whole thing begins with Bronson Arroyo beaning Alex Rodriguez. After Rodriguez, or Roidriguez as I like to call him, said a few choice words on the first base line. Varitek cuts in and gives Rodriguez a taste of his catchers mitt. I think it's notable to remember the Sox came back from a 3-0 ALCS deficit against the Yankees to win the pennant and eventually the World Series that season. 

4. 1973, Reds vs Mets. Bud Harrelson of the Mets made a self-deprecating comment about the Reds hitters after Game 2 of the 1973 NLCS, saying "they look like me hitting." If you know anything about Harrelson, it was that he wasn't the heaviest of hitters. Reds Pete Rose slid into Harrelson at second, trying to break up a double play, and Harrelson wasn't pleased. What comes after that is a full scale mosh pit on the infield. Watch this video where Harrelson admits he got the worst of that beating. 

3. Everyone should remember this one. I think I saw the video a hundred times when it happened, most of those voluntary views. Pedro Martinez vs. Don Zimmer. Back during game 3 of the 2003 American League Championship Series, things got a little tense after Boston pitcher Pedro Martinez hit Yankees batter Karim Garcia in the back with a fastball. During the next inning Roger Clemens retaliated with a high pitch to Manny Ramirez, and the benches and bullpens flooded the field. In the middle of the mess, Don Zimmer, 72-year-old Yankees bench coach (as well as the former Red Sox manager), bull rushed Pedro Martinez but failed to do any damage and was instead thrown hard to the ground face first. I'm not sure if Zimmer had a rush of youth surge through him, but it was clear that he wasn't going to touch Martinez. After the game Zimmer had this to say: "I'm embarrassed at what happened. I'm embarrassed for the Yankees, the Red Sox, the fans, the umpires and my family." Yeah, I'd be embarrassed too. 

2. I think this next one deserves number two just because of how raw this punch is. Micheal Barrett of the Cubs takes no time to show how he feels after a collision at home with runner A.J. Pierzynski, wrapping him up in his arms then delivering a solid right hook to his face. This happened during an interleague game in 2006. The Cubs and the White Sox have long been rivals but when the White Sox ended their World Series drought by winning in 2005, essentially shoving in the faces of the Cubs who haven't won a World Series themselves since 1908, the rivalry really heated up. 

1. Lastly, an oldy but a goody. When a brawl involves someone's head being split open with a bat, I say it deserves the number one spot. Let's go back to 1965 to a Giants vs Dodgers game. After a Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax threw a few pitches high and inside to batter Maury Willis, tensions ran high between the two teams. When Giants pitcher Juan Marichal came to the plate, Dodgers catcher Johnny Roseboro barely missed his head when throwing a ball back to the mound. The two said some words to each other and after Roseboro ripped his hat and mask off, Marichal took no hesitation in cracking him on the head with his bat; opening up a two-inch gash in the catchers head and landing Marichal a nine-game suspension along with a $1,750 fine (which in 1965, was kind of a big deal). I promise they don't make 'em like this anymore. 

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