A collection of notes and links to stories from the near-brawl at Fifth Third Field Tuesday, involving a fan and players in the Indianapolis dugout.
Click here to read the original story about the brawl, posted in The (Toledo) Blade on Wednesday, April 17.
Click here to read a follow-up story on the brawl, including the one-game suspension of Indianapolis player Jerry Sands and more description of the play.
Here are a few more notes that didn't make either story ...
After the incident Brandon Inge saw that several young fans near the dugout were frightened by the incident.
“I have two kids of my own, and I know the face of a kid who is scared,” he said. “That man definitely was scaring the kids in that area.
‘When you see a rather large group of baseball players on the edge of the dugout taking up for each other, the kids sitting in that area are going to be freaked out.”
So Inge offered the young fans a peace offering.
“I grabbed a bunch of baseballs and called the kids over,” he said. “I told them, ‘Don’t worry about anything. Enjoy the game.’
“My biggest fear is that a kid would leave after an experience like that and think [badly] about ballplayers. We’re just big kids, you know?”
Finally, I talked to Inge before Monday's game between the Mud Hens and Indianapolis. Click here to read that story.