After the Pirates’ Ernesto Frieri hit Paul Goldschmidt on the hand, sending the Diamondbacks All-Star to the DL, pretty much everyone was expecting some kind of retaliation by Arizona. That retaliation came in the ninth inning Saturday night when Randall Delgado hit Andrew McCutchen in the back.
Delgado was immediately ejected. A debate immediately erupted about the stupidity of the unwritten rule saying McCutchen had to get hit because the Pirates hit Goldschmidt.
On one side you have the tough guys who say, you hit one of ours, we hit one of yours. Godfather logic. On the other side are people who possess a little more nuanced view of the situation.
The second group would argue that intent matters. Frieri wasn’t trying to hit Goldschmidt, so why does McCutchen deserve to get hit? The first group would say it doesn’t matter. Because the first group is made up of slobbering idiots.
The unwritten rule is dumb and Andrew McCutchen didn’t deserve to get hit. But McCutchen caught one because the Diamondbacks are filled with guys who don’t give a crap about logic. All they care about is balancing the scales of baseball justice. Well, they’re balanced now. Happy?