The New York Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 10-4 in New York Tuesday night, but a bench clearing brawl was the bigger news of the night. It all started when Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Carlson threw behind Yankees catcher Jorge Posada. The Yankees had hit Edwin Encarnacion and Aaron Hill before Carlson threw at Posada, who seemed to take major offense to it as he stared down Carlson but did not charge him. It seemed as if everything had died down and there would be no fight.
Then Posada threw a forearm at Carlson as he crossed home plate as he scored on a Brett Gardner double. Carlson was backing home on the play and crossed paths with Posada when Posada instigated a fight. Carlson and Posada scuffled and wrestled each other to the ground with a few other scuffles breaking out near home plate as well as the benches cleared. This was not a smart move at all by Posada, as the veteran catcher will probably get at least a five game suspension.
The Yankees hit two players before Carlson threw at Posada (which didn’t even hit him) so I don’t understand why Posada was so offended by a pitch that didn’t even hit him. If Posada wanted to do something about it, he should have done it right then and there and charged Carlson. Yet, he waited and made himself look like a dirty and cheap player by throwing that dumb forearm (which didn’t even hit Carlson). Posada did seem to come out on top of the fight, as he was unscathed and Carlson had a huge welt on his forehead, but it was a dumb move by Posada as the Yankees will be missing their veteran catcher as they come down the stretch of the 2009 regular season.