CINCINNATI -- As so often opens in a keenly-contested, hot-button baseball series, one small thing can grow and bloat and explode into something big.
There is that possibility this weekend during the Cincinnati Reds-Pittsburgh Pirates series, a three-game argument for supremacy in the National League Central.
All was calm and all was bright for the Reds with two outs in the ninth inning Friday night. Aroldis Chapman, the Cuban Fire-starter, was facing Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh's best player and perhaps the best player in baseball at the moment.
Chapman threw a pitch up-and-in -- real up and real in. It was clocked at 101 miles and hour and it implanted baseball commissioner Bud Selig's signature on McCutchen's left shoulder.
He didn't like it. The Pirates didn't like it. That's their best player that Chapman turned into William Tell's son.
On Saturday afternoon the Pirates were still mumbling about the indiscretion, an indiscretion that Chapman and Reds manager Dusty Baker s...