Few seem to believe Carlos Quentin's contention that he was justified to charge Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke -- least of all Major League Baseball, which suspended Quentin but not Greinke for Friday's bench-clearing brawl.
Well, Quentin might have a better argument than most of us initially perceived. Not an argument that excuses his reaction and breaking of Greinke's collarbone after getting hit by a pitch, but one that adds nuance to a debate that largely has been one-sided.
Quentin dropped his appeal Sunday and began serving his eight-game suspension immediately, ensuring that he would miss the Padres' three-game series against the Dodgers that begins Monday in Los Angeles.
But a number of players and former players I spoke with over the weekend -- hitters and pitchers both -- said that the brawl could have been avoided if Greinke had used more conciliatory body language and refrained from a verbal response to Quentin's initial anger.
What's more, the history between the...