Wow...all I can say is that Prince Fielder needs some serious Anger Management.
Everyone take another close look at the clip.
The guy effing snapped. SNAPPED. He not only pushed Parra once, but then went after him AGAIN when the guy was up against the dugout seats. Could you imagine if he would have gotten another shove or punch in? He wasn't stopping with that second shove.
Speculation about what let to the altercation...is well...speculation. But you can gather from various reports how it basically went down. Parra came back into the dugout furious about his performance. He was going to head up into the clubhouse. He was probably going to calm down a little. I don't know. Prince got in his face for not staying out there to watch the top of the next inning. Maybe he even said: "We stayed out there and watched your (bleep). You can stay out here and watch our (bleep)."
So Parra stays in the dugout and walks away, angrily picking up/throwing down his jacket/cap. So this necessitates being violently attacked by the supposed "leader" of this team? I don't think so. Prince was completely in the wrong here. He should be ashamed of himself.
I have been a huge Prince Fielder supporter this year as many people have called for him to be traded or made fun of him for having bitch tits. There aren't many guys that OPS .900...I think the guy is a damn good hitter and very valuable to this team. That being said, I was absolutely shocked when I saw him get physical last night, UNPROVOKED. It would have been one thing to get in Parra's face and tell him to sit down and watch the rest of the game. Hell, I wouldn't have even minded him grabbing his shirt or something. But he attacked Parra and then when he was being restrained he looked like a freaking lunatic. Dude...calm the F down!
The immediate damage control that was done by Brewers management was laughable. Cirillo, Sveum, Bill Schroeder, Ned Yost...all chalked it up to the "dog days" of August...that the whole team was "frustrated." "Sometimes this stuff happens." You know what...fine. I agree with that (somewhat). But you have to call out Fielder. This is what I CAN'T STAND about Ned Yost. Why couldn't he say something like, "You know what...we're all struggling here. But that type of behavior won't be tolerated. Prince is going to have to stand up for what he did. We're going to move on and try to play better ball...blah blah blah." But no...he throws out some ridiculous line of "It's not a big deal," said Yost. "For eight months a year, we're a family. At times things happen, flare up, but it's between the family. It's in the family.
In the short term, I don't think this will affect the team in any particular direction. But long term, this may have some affect on Prince Fielder himself. The players can say all they want about how they are going to "move on" and "forget," but the bottom line is that Prince has lost all credibility. Whatever "leadership" role he had gained in the clubhouse is now gone. He was never a vocal leader, he "led by example." Well...your leading by example powers go out the window when you are the most standoffish player in the clubhouse that attacks fellow team members unprovoked.
All that being said...can we beat the Reds tonight? Christ...