Goegeous day for baseball.
Gorgeous day for a fight, as well.
Bottom of the 2nd, no score, 1 out, bases loaded. Brian Anderson hits into a fly-out in Left Field. A.J. Piersinski, on third base, tags up and rnd home. Cubs catcher Michael Barret blocks the plate - without having the ball - and A.J. bowls him over. They both go flying. A.J. rolls over, slaps the plate and gets up. Now, here where it get's odd. Barret gets up. A.J. says he going after his helmet that's laying behind the plate and sort of turn his back to Barret as he passes. Barret bear-hugs him, says "I didn't have the ball, bitch, hauls off and punches A.J. in the chin.
Benches cleared. Bullpens cleared. Anderson after running to first, is now by the plate, taking out John Mabry, the Cubs' first baseman. Bodies everywhere. Barret, Anderson, Mabry and - for some reason A.J. - are all ejected.
Game back on - Rich Hill walks te bases loaded. Tadahito Iguchi - Grand Slam.
We now have 5 runs on 2 hits.
After all of these years, we finally have a fight between these two teams.
And - according to the analysts, it's all Barret's fault. We're waiting for fines/suspensions from the league.