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Victorino plunked, basebrawl follows
August 6, 2011 - Robert Collias
In what was clearly motivated by a rough inning and eventual loss, San Francisco Giants reliever Ramon Ramirez hit 1999 St. Anthony graduate Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies and a melee ensued in a 9-2 Phillies win on Friday.
By baseball set of unofficial, unwritten rules, Victorino seemingly had to act, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said in this piece in Delaware online — and he did.
Manuel said this to the Associated Press story that was posted on ESPN.com: "He hit Vic, then he came after Vic. Vic almost has to go unless he wants his teammates to call him chicken," Manuel said. "I think (Ramirez) was getting hit and he got mad and he was going to plunk somebody. He was going to send a message." That link has some interesting comments that are clickable as well. The AP story says Victorino pushed plate umpire Mike Muchlinski in an attempt to get back in the fray — something that will almost assuredly bring a suspension — and video shows Victorino was successful at getting into the scrum.
The Delaware online link above also says that suspensions almost surely loom and that is unfortunate for the Central Maui Little League All-Stars, the state champions who begin play today in the West Regional in San Bernardino, Calif. The CMLL team has plans to attend the Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers game on Tuesday on its only day off from pool play and the reason they will be there, Victorino, will likely not be eligible to play.
All of this is somewhat unfortunate timing for Victorino's parents, Maui County Council member Mike Victorino and Joycelyn Victorino, who were named 2011 Little League Parents of the Year on Thursday.
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