"It's not a tea party"
The headline refers to something that former American League president Dr. Bobby Brown said to me once to explain his lack of concern for a minor beanball incident back in the day. The attitude toward aggressive pitching has changed over the years, but it was refreshing to see Kevin Gregg take an old-school attitude to the mound on Friday night.
Mind you, I wouldn't have been in his corner if he had thrown a headball at David Ortiz. That would have been bush league and nobody should be out there trying to hurt an opposing player. But he has a right to pitch inside and Ortiz has a right to swing 3-0 in a six-run game and they both have a right to get mad at each other.
Ortiz probably should have been smart enough to restrain himself, because the Red Sox have way more to lose when he gets suspended for charging the mound. He's having a great season and they are in first place, so a suspension could cost the Sox an important game in the standings. Gregg will probably get a day off, but he's a closer on a losing team who has only about a 40 percent chance of playing in any given game anyway.
Anyway, their little shoving match added some entertainment value to an otherwise uninspiring evening and will add some suspense to tonight's game. Who knows what Alfredo Simon and John Lackey are going to do with all that pent-up emotion from last night.