A game in Cuba between Villa Clara and Matanzas on Monday night featured a terrifying brawl that could have ended horribly. According to Baseball America, a Matanzas player led off the seventh inning with a home run to give his team a 3-0 lead. Villa Clara pitcher Freddy Alvarez hit the next batter in the head with a fastball and hit another player two batters later.
At that point, the benches cleared. Demis Valdes of Matanzas, who wasn’t even in the game at the time, came charging out of the dugout with a bat in his hands. When Alvarez went after Valdes and threw his glove toward him, Valdes took a full swing at Alvarez’s head with the bat. Fortunately, he did not connect.
The umpires eventually got all of the players off the field and the game was delayed for more than 15 minutes. Valdes could have literally killed Alvarez. Brawls add excitement to the game and most of us enjoy them, but that bordered on attempted murder.
H/T Eye on Baseball