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Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Fireworks

There were plenty of fireworks earlier today when the Sox met the Brewers. -- It sort of reminded me of the mid-to-late nineties when they were still in the AL and the two teams seemed to have at least one scuffle per season. -- The Sox trounced the Brewers by a score of 17-9, but the offense wasn't the only excitement on the day.

In the second inning, Jon Garland was hit by a come-backer on the right bicep. He was able to record the out, and finish off the inning, but didn't come out for his at-bat in the third. Garland is supposedly OK -- Although I can't find a quote to confirm this right now -- and was only removed from the game for precautionary measures.

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Joe Crede had himself a heck of a day at the plate, going 4-4 with a HR. Joe entered the day with a Spring Training batting average of .179, but those 4 hits raised his average to a robust .256. I know Spring Training stats don't mean much, but his numbers were pretty damn depressing.

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Pablo Ozuna has done everything the staff has asked of him, and more. He's made it almost impossible for them to leave him off of the roster. He came into the day batting .519 and went 2-2, raising his average to .541 in 37ABs, all while playing left field for the first time(that I have seen anyways). On the spring he's played at short, 3rd, and now LF. (He may have played some 2B, but it's hard to keep track of in ST.)

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Now for the real Fireworks, in the third inning, Carlos Lee hit bomb off of Josh Fields(the pitcher, not the first round pick 3B), and I'm going to guess that some of his former mates didn't take to kindly to him admiring his shot, or getting around the bases to slowly, or.. or.. or something.

The next time Carlos faced one of his former team mates, he was drilled with a fastball by left hander Damaso Marte. Hitting a batter is nothing new for Marte this spring. He's been working on throwing the ball inside to right-handers, and had hit 2 in just 6IP before he even faced Lee. Marte appeared to have pretty good control though, and he doesn't usually miss that far inside with his fastball.

Carlos stared down Marte for a second, then tried to charge the mound, but not before catcher Chris Widger and the home plate umpire could get between him and Damaso. Both benches cleared, but it was just the usual baseball fight; lots of talking, no action.

Carlos was not a happy camper after the game, taking umbrage of the Sox actions from as early as the second play of the game, saying
"I knew they were going to send him," Lee said.

Why?

"Because they wanted to mess around with me."
when the Scott Podsednik led off with a triple and then tried to score on a shallow fly out to Lee with nobody out.

There's more at the link above, but mostly it's just machismo from both Carlos and Marte.

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