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July 31, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) hits an RBI single in the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew McCutchen rips Diamondbacks after retaliation

The Diamondbacks adhere to the belief that if they hit one of yours, you have to hit one of theirs, regardless of whether the original hit was intentional. So, after Paul Goldschmidt got hit on the hand by Ernesto Frieri, Andrew McCutchen had to take one on the back the next game.

The Diamondbacks waited all the way till the ninth inning, but they finally got their Godfather payback. McCutchen was drilled in the back by Randall Delgado. After the game, McCutchen had choice words for the Diamondbacks about their approach to retaliation (via USA Today):

“They had all game to retaliate. They had the first inning to retaliate. They had the first pitch (of the ninth inning at-bat) to retaliate. They missed. You throw a slider on the second pitch and then you throw up and in on the next pitch. Are you trying to hurt me too? That’s the question.

“We understand that retaliation is going to happen in this game. But you know, there’s a right way to do it. If you’re going to hit me, hit me. He hit me square in the spine. If I get hurt, what happens then?”

What happens then is you go on the DL just like Paul Goldschmidt. Too bad. Think the woeful Diamondbacks care? They are out of the race. Their season is crap. Their team is miserable. All they have left to cling to is silly vendettas and nonsense.

Loser mentality has taken hold in Arizona. The Pirates at least have something real to play for, namely a pennant.

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