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The Cubs Brawl
In the fourth and final game of a Nats-dominated series against the Chicago Cubs, things got a little heated up when the Cubs took exception to the Nationals aggressive baserunning and swinging on 3-0 pitches. In the 5th inning of the September 6th matchup, the Cubs bench coach Jamie Quirk gave the Nats 3rd base coach Bo Porter an earful.
Well apparently nobody messes with Bo Porter and gets away with it. The fiery coach headed towards the Cubs dugout shouting and pointing at Quirk. (In case you didn't know, Bo Porter used to be a gold glove boxer as well as a division-I college football safety at Iowa) At one point Porter was almost all the way inside the Cubbies dugout. (GIF Below)
Benches cleared, players jawed at each other, and then things settled down...until the next inning.
That's when the Cubs decided that the next pitch to Bryce Harper would be one aimed directly for Harper's body.
After being hit by the pitch, the rookie gave a staredown towards the mound and took a couple steps before being held back and easing down.
The benches cleared again, a bunch of guys just softly bumping into each other, which was enhanced just a little bit by the Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger who was throwing some weak slaps (suspended 1 game) towards some of the Nationals players. Overall one of the weakest confrontations ever, and I don't even think you can call it a brawl.
In all of the chaos at one point Ian Desmond ended up taking an ump down to the ground.
After the game Davey Johnson responded by informing the Cubs and the rest of the Major Leagues that the Nationals would not be letting off the gas. The team had a goal to win the pennant and they were not going to end up losing games because they thought a 5-0 lead was safe. Davey was fired up.
The Cubs were clearly frustrated because the Nats were crushing them, and while players like Edwin Jackson, Sean Burnett, and Michael Morse were very emotional, the Nationals kept their cool and went on to win the game 9-2, not facing the Cubs again in 2012.
Here are some of our blog posts from the actual time of the event:
- The Cubs Unwritten Rules Of Baseball
- GIF: Ian Desmond Takes Down An Ump
- GIF: Mike Morse Goes Beast Mode
- GIF: Edwin Jackson Is Fired Up
- GIF: Bryce Harper Gets Thrown At
- GIF: Bo Porter Yelling
- GIF: A Nats Brawl GIF Grid