A minor league baseball manager (and former big leaguer) once told me, "There's something wrong if you can't fight in this game from time to time." I ate it up.
A short time later I called my first bench-clearing brawl. It was ugly, gruesome and violent. 250-pound athletes pounding each other, some with running starts.
After the game, and for the next two weeks, the team's third baseman wore a huge, black shiner - his momento of the fight he began by charging the mound. The opposing team's center fielder had used his metal cleats to stomp this guy's forhead and face.
Perhaps they do have a rightful place in the game. Just stay clear of the metal spikes
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