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Brett Lawrie Wigs Out on the Umpire, David Wright Snaps at His Skipper

The suspension fairy is en route to Brett Lawrie’s pillow in response to this infraction from last night:

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And Roger Rubin of the New York Daily News explains what Terry Collins did to get David Wright’s water hot:

Mets manager Terry Collins watched the top of the seventh inning unfold and more than 40 years of professional baseball told him he was looking at a bad situation. Reliever D.J. Carrasco gave up a long home run to Milwaukee’s Rickie Weeks and then drilled reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun in the arm with the next pitch, illiciting his ejection. Collins has been around long enough to know that the situation called for retaliation.

So in the bottom of the inning he pinch hit for David Wright, sending up Jordany Valdespin instead. Wright was visibly upset by the move, but Collins was having none of it.

“But I’ve got news for you: in this game there are unwritten rules and one of the unwritten rules is ‘you hit my guy — I’m hitting your guy.’” Collins said after the 8–0 loss at Citi Field. “They’re not hitting my guy tonight.”

Collins was adamant that he wasn’t presupposing that the Brewers would go after Wright. But he added that he would completely understand if they interpreted Carrasco’s actions exactly as home plate umpire Gary Darling had when he ran Carrasco from the game.

“If that happens on the other side of the field– if Kirk Nieuwenhuis hits a homer and David Wright gets drilled in a game like tonight with the next pitch — somebody better get ejected,” Collins said. . . .

Wright actually contested Collins decision to pinch-hit for him. “He said ‘if anybody gets hit, I want it to be me,’” Collins explained of the dugout conversation after which Wright quickly turned and walked away. “ I said ‘I’m sorry it isn’t going to be you.’ They aren’t going to hit Jordany Valdespin. If they’re going to retaliate, they’re going to hit David Wright. And that ain’t happening tonight. . . . I know what might have taken place.”

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