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RetrOgrAde: Brawl or Bust!

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Happy Friday, A’s fans. Let’s get ready to rumble—————!

Today is the anniversary of one of the biggest rumbles in major league history. There are so many faces in this 1998 Tino Martinez drilling that it takes you back down memory lane. Joe Girardi is fired up. Darryl Strawberry looks crazed. Cal Ripken Jr. has a conflicted facial expression. There’s so much in it. If you’ve never seen it, you HAVE to check it out. It’s long and worth it...The fighting even ends up in the dugout:

Ok, so first question:

Poll

Have you ever been at a game and seen a brawl?

This poll is closed

  • 30%
    Yes
    (50 votes)
  • 69%
    No
    (115 votes)
165 votes total Vote Now

Now I’ve personally only witnessed a shoving match. Oh and then there was the Dallas Braden/A-Rod expletive exchange (along with that smirky A-Rod face that burns in my memory) when the idiot ran over Braden’s mound. What an ASS! I digress. So, I’ve never really been at a game to see a brawl. I have, however, helped many a brawl over the last 40 years when watching games on TV. Some of you out there have done the same. You find yourself up and out of your seat, yelling, maybe shadow boxing in the direction of the TV. The emotions, even for fans, really can amp up. Which brings me to question #2:

Poll

Have you ever found yourself up and yelling or swinging at the air when watching a brawl on TV?

This poll is closed

  • 27%
    Yes—But, it was a mild case of rage
    (38 votes)
  • 14%
    Yes—And I scared people (or would have if anyone was around)
    (20 votes)
  • 32%
    No—but I grumbled
    (45 votes)
  • 24%
    No—I am zen and stay relaxed
    (34 votes)
137 votes total Vote Now

Ok, let’s RetrOgrAde it in the comments. Share your favorite brawl story of all time!