Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett received a six-game suspension after throwing a pitch near Angels' Bobby Abreu's head on Sunday. Of all days, Beckett throws near Abreu's head on Easter, which led to a bench-clearing incident of the two clubs.
Bob Watson, MLB's disciplinarian, thought the pitch was intentional.
Apparently, the Angels players thought the pitch was intentional as well, but they are also reeling from losing a teammate. Emotions can get high after such an occasion.
If Beckett's pitch didn't incite the bench-clearing incident, does he still get six days?
Here are Beckett's words: "I've never hit anybody in the head, and it's not really on my list of stuff to accomplish. But people can think what they want to think," Beckett said after Sunday's game. "I know Bobby Abreu. He knows I'm not trying to hit him in the head. Obviously, there's been a lot of emotion in this series with them -- not only facing us, but obviously the tragedy that all of them went through."
Angels manager Mike Scioscia felt differently: "Usually the pitcher will show a little bit of remorse and say that wasn't a part of it. But obviously, we didn't see any of that with Beckett," Scioscia said. "That was as blatant as anything I've seen in this game. What happened today absolutely crossed the line, and I think it was inexcusable. I really feel the league has to look at it."
Here is the pitch and subsequent brawl:
What do you guys think?
P.S. Don't forget to watch Bernie Williams' "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" video.