LOS ANGELES Another brawl would not have been appropriate, not on this night with so much going on. Certainly not when Jackie Robinson was being remembered for his quiet courage or when hearts and minds were focused on the events in Boston.
A baseball game seemed almost inconsequential. Retaliation would have been shameful. Had the Dodgers chosen to exact revenge for losing a pitcher during a brawl in San Diego last week, they would have looked foolish.
Both sides clearly understood this, so the Dodgers and Padres decided the best thing to do Monday night was just play ball.
Imagine that. No inside pitches, no staredowns, no threatening gestures. Just baseball.
Thats not to say that angry feelings have subsided. Big league players have long memories, and the left collarbone that Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke sustained when Carlos Quentin of the Padres charged the mound wont easily be forgotten.
But in this game, and presumably this series, the bad feelings were set aside, if fo...