I don't want to speak ill of the dead, but it's not like Pedro sought out Zimmer to "fling" him away. Zim rushed Pedro angrily, spewing some rather nasty obscenities about the intensity of Pedro's relationship with his mother. Pedro had to do something or Zimmer would have bowled him over. Pedro acted more like a matador, not a wrestler or boxer. Zim went down gently and later apologized tearfully about the way he acted.
(Hardly as heinous as the execrable Graig Nettles, who, in the celebrated Sox-Yanks brawl in May of '76, jumped lee from behind, purposefully yanked his left (throwing) arm, slammed him to the ground, and then sat on his shoulder in an attempt to injure him. Lee was indeed injured and wouldn't pitch again for three months.)
Zim got rightfully angry after Pedro was drilling Yankee batters a few times in that game.I believe Pedro hit 2 batters at that point and just brushed back another when Zim did his Hammerhead impersonation. As for Spaceman Lee, he was known for yapping loudly with insults both on and off the field.Also selling rookies bags of oregano for $50 an ounce.Nettles had to make his displeasure known in a calm but forceful way.Thats the kind of thing that made him a team captain later on
Lee was a smartass who could pitch. Nettles was a wiseass who could hit. Lee had more brains in his little finger than any ten ballplayers had in their heads. Naturally Nettles wouldn't like him.
Pedro had only hit one guy, the immortal Karim Garcia. He hadn't been headhunting. He pointed at his own head when Jorge Posada started yapping at him from the bench, which Jorge interpreted as meaning that Pedro was going to throw at his melon.
The brawl started after Clemens gave Manny Ramirez a verse of chin music, and Manny, who usually didn't even know the score, suddenly charged the mound. That's when Zim charged out swinging at Pedro.
It was a memorable kerfuffle as these things go. The year after, all things would be set right at last...
Last Edit: Jun 5, 2014 17:10:12 GMT -5 by Prince Hal
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