Prince Fielder Fights Manny Parra in Brewers’ Dugout

OK, so maybe fighting isn’t exactly accurate. Perhaps “attacks” would be more suitable since only one person was going crazy. Whatever. I’ll let you decide how to describe what went on in the Brewers’ dugout between Prince Fielder and Manny Parra on Monday night.

I don’t know about you, but I’d be pretty freaked out if 300lbs of Prince Fielder were coming after me. That’s not cool. In case you’re wondering what set things off, we have an idea.

Parra, who surrendered six runs in six innings, had just been lifted from the game for a pinch hitter. Someone who overheard parts of the conversation said Parra apparently was headed back to the clubhouse and an agitated Fielder told him he should remain in the dugout to watch the Brewers bat that inning.

Parra angrily snatched up his cap and jacket from the bench and was walking toward the other end, side-by-side with Fielder, when the 270-pound first baseman suddenly turned and forcefully pushed Parra onto the bench. Fielder then lunged at Parra again and shoved him hard with both arms.

OK, now that explains the pushing. If Prince were truly pissed and fighting, he would have thrown punches. Still, that’s not a cool way of acting towards a teammate. In the end, I don’t see it as a big deal and I’m guessing it’s not going to have a negative impact on the club. Regardless, Prince shouldn’t be laying such a forceful hand on his teammate.

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  • Gene

    Personally, I would like to know a little more before getting on Prince’s case. If Parra were acting nonchalant about his pitching performance, instead of being pissed with himself, I could understand Fielder taking offense. The Brewers are in a pennant race, and maybe Fielder felt like Parra should have at least pulled for the offense to do something before leaving for the clubhouse. On the other hand, if Parra acted concerned for his poor performance, then Prince should have left him alone.

    I’m not absolving Fielder, but I would like to have more facts come out before reaching a conclusion on this issue.