There’s gotta be some sort of unwritten rules regarding charging the mound in a baseball game, right? If you really feel so slighted that you wanna take it out on the offending pitcher, you gotta be ready to take on the whole team. That’s just the nature of the beast.
Sure, we’re all entertained when a player does something out of the ordinary like use his equipment to his advantage, but in the grand scheme of baseball fights, that’s just plain cowardly. Here are 5 of the biggest acts of baseball fight cowardice:
5. Kevin Youkilis Throws His Helmet
Youk looks like a pretty menacing guy but was taken down several notches by Ricky Porcello. Not only did Youkilis go for the helmet heave, but he ended up getting taken down by the pitcher anyways. Double fail.
4. Izzy Alcantara Kicks The Catcher
While this does look fairly awesome, it violates the fundamental rule of baseball fighting: you’re in it alone. Come to think of it, you really gotta be a five tool player to engage in the perfect fight. Enough speed to outrun the catcher, good arm to throw punches, good power to take out the pitcher. Obviously, Izzy lacks the speed tool.
3. Chan Ho Park Knows Karate
Some pitcher-on-pitcher action here as Chan Ho Park takes offense at the rough tag by Tim Belcher. I guess he’s not technically charging the mound, but I mean really? A jump kick to the head? The initial shove was a good beginning, but finish things off like a man. A Western, baseball-loving man.
2. Bert Campaneris Throws His Bat
This is just scary. Kinda surprising that it happened in such a high stakes game in the 1972 AL Championship Series. Did Bert even attempt to charge the mound afterwards? Or did he just say ‘Oh the hell with this, he’s not even worth charging. I’m taking him out from here.’
1. Jose Offerman Swings Away
This one reminds me of Stewie’s observations about baseball on Family Guy:
Why does that man drop his club before he runs? I would bring it with me.
Someone get the little diabolical genius a Jose Offerman jersey, pronto.