With all of this week’s buzz surrounding one of the biggest Major League Baseball fights in years, there’s no better time to look back at one of the darkest days in Atlanta Braves history.
Especially since they fired their manager today.
The day was Aug. 12, 1984, and the Braves were hosting the San Diego Padres, a team that would go on to win the National League that year. Braves starting pitcher Pascual Pérez hit Padres leadoff hitter Alan Wiggins on the first pitch of the game, and San Diego would try to hit Pérez in retaliation on each of his first three at-bats, according to SI.com.
His fourth and final at-bat came in the bottom of the eighth inning, and here’s how it played out:
So many things happening here. The sweet pipes of Pete Van Wieren and Skip Caray, calling the entire fight blow-by-blow. Pérez casually strolling off the field while everyone else on both teams brawled. Fans coming onto the field to join in the fight.
Imagine if that happened today. Remember all the backlash that came when Braves fans threw bottles onto the field during the 2012 Wild Card Game? That’s nothing compared to fans fighting players on the field.
A total of 13 players were ejected from this game, SI.com also said, and another fight broke out in the ninth when the Braves got revenge by throwing at San Diego hitters. The Braves won the game 5-3, but the sport took a pretty big “L” during that fracas.
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