Speaking on this morning's version of Dennis and Callahan on WEEI, former Red Sox and current NESN color commentator Jerry Remy made it apparent that David Ortiz wasn't to blame for the benches-clearing pseudo-brawl that took place on Friday night at Fenway Park versus the Baltimore Orioles.
"The Red Sox in that series were just bombing away," Remy said. "They had six home runs in Game 1, and not one member of the Red Sox hit the dirt. That to me, that’s not old-time baseball."
Both Ortiz and Kevin Gregg, who also attempted to hit the Boston DH, were suspended for four games by MLB. They are both appealing their suspensions.
Remy also noted that the brawl probably should have come sooner, and would have, had it not been for Baltimore reliever Mike Gonzalez' failed attempt to hit Ortiz. Remy went so far as to call the attempted beaning "laughable."
They were strong words from one-half of a play-by-play team that hasn't been afraid to show its support of the Red Sox, which owns 80% of NESN, but they took on an even more dubious weight with the Red Sox heading to Camden Yards to face Baltimore in a series starting on Monday.
Anything could happen in that series, and MLB is sure to be ready for it. What do you think the Sox will come up against in Baltimore?