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Ward got slammed against a railing and was put in a headlock by Dodgers left fielder Skip Schumaker, who appeared to be trying to break up the fight as both teams kept pushing closer to the stands.
"I’ve never seen a pitcher throw at two guys’ heads before," Schumaker said. "It’s dangerous."
Ward seemed to getting pummeled, but Gorman said he was tossed for being aggressive in the fight.
"It’s hard not to, when they go after you," the umpire said. "Pushing and shoving, when it gets over by the dugout in the fan’s area, it gets kind of dangerous. You have the railing there. You can’t go anywhere when you get pushed up against the railing."
Several star players of another generation were right in the middle of it.
McGwire had Gibson’s jersey and windbreaker with both hands and was screaming at him.
"I know they’re mad. They thought we hit Puig, but certainly we didn’t," Gibson said. "The guy hits everything out over the plate. But the ball got away from Ian and got inside. It’s as simple as that. I didn’t order anything. It’s certainly not what Ian wanted to do."
Mattingly had to be restrained as he tried to get at Gibson, then they exchanged words briefly. McGwire and third base coach Matt Williams grabbed each other’s shirts in a tense standoff and shouted at each other.
"Donnie was mad and I’m sure they’ll accept no culpability," Gibson said.
Montero, still in full catching gear, ended up on the ground next to Ward.
"It got pretty ugly," Montero said. "They came out of nowhere, just throwing punches. When everybody was trying to break it up, they just kept coming and throwing punches. It was like 25 against 72, because all the DL guys were out there, too. I guess their arms were feeling pretty good because they were throwing good punches."Next Page >
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