MLB brawls always misunderstood
It's easy for fans to miss why these fights break out in the first place
Hit by pitches, brawls, unwritten rules. Everyone has an opinion and everyone is a critic, but so few, by no fault of their own, actually get it.
One of my favorite all-time mound charges took place in 2000. Gerald Williams charged Pedro Martinez after getting hit on the forearm. Gerald looked stunned and did not charge the mound immediately. He took a few steps toward first while looking at his arm. He stopped and looked at Pedro, then back at his arm, but still didn't charge. He looked at Pedro a second time, and it was at that point he bolted for the three-time Cy Young Award winner.[+] EnlargePETER MUHLY/Getty ImagesWilliams was angry that Martinez showed no remorse for plunking him.
I played with Gerald a couple of years later and asked him about the incident. I told him I was interested as to why he didn't charge at first and what made him decide later that it was time to go. His answer was revealing.
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