The Bean Ball Incident, Day After
While watching an ESPNews segment in the clubhouse about Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder’s attempt to have a meet-and-greet in the Dodger’s clubhouse, Dodgers reliever Guillermo Mota laughed.
“Is he Mike Piazza II,” Dodger reliever Guillermo Mota asked fellow reliever Jeff Weaver in the Dodger clubhouse before the game.
Mota was referring to a spring training game on March 12, 2003 against the New York Mets when to lead off the bottom of sixth inning Mota brushed Piazza off the plate then hit him on the back with the next pitch. Piazza stormed the mound, Mota threw his glove at Piazza and took off. Piazza went looking for Mota in the clubhouse after the game only to find that Mota had left the premises.
With this history, Mota pitching in the ninth inning with the Dodgers leading 17-4 hit Fielder with a fastball on the thigh with two outs. Mota was immediately ejected while Fielder just stared at Mota in shock. Fielder then proceeded to take first base at the urging of the umpires.
“Why do people get so mad when they get hit,” Mota asked. “It’s baseball. We have to pitch inside to those guys. Don’t you agree? We have to pitch inside no matter who it is. You pitch inside, then you got the outside part [of the plate].”