Yes, baseball is a team game. Players don’t really win anything. (Except for pitchers, but even then, it’s a flawed stat dependent on his team’s batting that night, so it’s still a team stat.) The only tenuous possibility would be, well, fights.
Tuesday’s fight between Rick Porcello and Kevin Youkilis was the result of five hit batsmen (and one brushback) in the series In Monday’s game there were three hit batsmen. Out of nowhere, Youkilis charged the mound, helmet in hand, and chucked his headgear toward the 20-year-old rookie, which was nimbly avoided. Porcello and Youkilis then locked arms, and Young Rick threw Youk down to the ground in classic Pedro-Zimmer fashion. Scads of ballplayers joined the scrum and after the dust settled, both Porcello and Youkilis were correctly thrown from the game.
I am not one to encourage any kind of fisticuffs to resolve everyday disagreements. Perhaps sometimes there’s nothing to do but for two grown men to fight it out for 10 seconds, declare a winner, then shake hands and move on. And in a baseball game, it’s all a matter of making sure one team doesn’t keep throwin’ fastballs into the nape of the opponent. And then it’s matter of not trying to be the next Robin Ventura.
Hence, there are differing schools of thought on who emerged the victor not named Martinez. On one hand, Porcello absolutely won the physical fight. But Youkilis, whose team was down 3-0, took Porcello out of the game, forcing the Tigers to start using relievers in the second inning. Mop-up guy Chris Lambert promptly lost the lead two batters later when Jason Bay corked a three-run homer.
With that, the question is: who won? Rick or Youk?