Prince Fielder Once Again Showed Why He Is A Disgrace To Baseball
Prince Fielder once again showed why he is a disgrace to baseball. During the Dodgers spring training game against Fielder’s Milwaukee Brewers, the benches cleared at the end of the sixth inning.
Dodger pitcher Roman Colon struck out Brewer Casey McGehee with the bases loaded and celebrated with a small fist pump which caught the eye of McGehee. The two had some words that and would have been the end of the story until Fielder felt the need to rush out of the dugout and where he had to be restrained by teammates.
There was no need for Fielders outburst. Colon and McGhee, the two players involved, calmly talked about what happened after the game and even ended their conversation with an understanding and a handshake.
McGhee explained what was said during an interview after the game.
“Sometimes, people get excited. I got excited. He got excited. Prince got excited. No big deal.”
“We talked about it afterwards. I told him where I was coming from. He told me where he was coming from. We shook hands. I told him I appreciated what he said. There’s a lot more important things to get (mad at) than a spring training game. He’s not going to lose any sleep over it and I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.”
Fielder has a long history of outbursts and many of them involved the Dodgers. During a in 2007 Fielder got into a confrontation with then Dodger first-base coach Mariano Duncan. Then again in 2009 Fielder had to be held back by teammates while Dodgers security staff prevented Fielder from entering the Dodgers clubhouse after a game.
It seems rather odd that Fielder would get angry over a small celebration. After hitting a game winning home run he called his teammates over to home plate while still rounding the bases.
It looks as if the unwritten rules that apply to all major league players does not apply to Fielder. He is in the last year of his current contract and it might be tough for teams to pick him up for fear that he would ruin clubhouse chemistry. Wherever he ends up, I hope the team that signs him requires him to take anger management classes.