Mike Fiers was throwing it wild on Thursday, that isn't really in doubt.
But the Miami Marlins are apparently upset more about how Fiers reacted after throwing two pitches that hit Marlins near the head that night than anything.
The first was gruesome, as an 88 mph Fiers fastball hit Giancarlo Stanton in the head.
The second was less so, but still hit Reed Johnson on the wrist as he tried to protect himself.
Then, when the Marlins took exception, Fiers shouted back and raised his arms, yelling come on.
“Everyone knows for a fact that he's not trying to throw at anybody's head on purpose," Johnson said in response. "I think guys were more upset at his reaction after I got hit. He had just hit [Stanton] in the face, and now our guy is probably done for the year. Then he throws a pitch up around my head that hits me in the hand. So he's getting some chirping out of our dugout.
"At that point, what do you want our reaction to be? We're not just going to sit there and say, 'Hey man, take it easy.'
"He looked like he was distraught when he hit Stanton. He had his hands on his head and he couldn't believe it. Then a minute later he was calling us onto the field. Everybody was kind of confused. He showed a reaction like he was sincerely worried about Stanton, which I'm sure he is. But when he called some guys out for chirping at him, we were like, 'Maybe you weren't as sorry as we thought you were.' It's a little harder to give him that full forgiveness after that."
Stanton's season is likely over as he spent the weekend in Miami, but he reportedly won't need surgery. His resurgent season will finish with 37 homers and 105 RBIs.
He's a solid candidate for the National League MVP award.
Fiers, who has had a pretty good year himself, was fined for the incident.
"A lot of people who know the game of baseball, understand what happened, and know me personally, know that I'm not looking to go throw at people,” Fiers said on Friday, according to AP. “So it's definitely an accident and we all hope it never happens and stuff like that never happens in this game, but unfortunately it does.”
Tough to watch
Several of Stanton's Marlins teammates said that it is tough to watch a guy get hit in the face like Stanton and then go back out and stand in the batter's box.
That, obviously, is understandable.
"It was really hard to get the images out of your head," teammate Casey McGehee told ESPN.com. "Seeing [Stanton] lying there and hearing a few of the things he was saying, it was tough. It was pretty gruesome. He's such a big man and such an imposing figure, to see him go down that way just added to the whole scene -- which wasn't good.
"I'm more distraught about him than anything else. Everybody was genuinely and truly concerned about him. You could see people's faces and how much they care about him. It says a lot about Stanton, but it also says a lot about the guys on this team."
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