Since Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward took the horrific fastball to the jaw from Mets left-handed starter, Jonathan Niese, I’ve done a lot of thinking. Along with Heyward, I keep thinking about Tim Hudson being maimed a few weeks ago by Mets outfielder Eric Young, Jr., who stepped on the back of Hudson’s foot in a bang-bang play at first.
Young was extremely shook up by the incident and handled it very well. He was even absolved of all culpability by Hudson and his wife, Kim. Here’s what Kim said in a Twitter post at the time:
“Can’t say enough great things about the @Mets organization and the way they handled Tim’s injury: players, medical team, security #grateful.”
From all indications, it was a pure accident that Mets starter Jonathan Niese hit Heyward in the face. There has been no bad blood between Niese and Heyward or the Braves, at least that we know of, and Niese appeared very shaken after the incident happened.
Here’s where it gets a little tricky, though. We don’t know for an absolute fact that both incidents were accidents or not. Only Niese and Young know what caused those horrific events.
Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me?
Certainly, if there were indications that the events were intentional, Major League Baseball would be levying heavy fines and suspensions. There are currently no investigations underway for either event, and there probably never will be.
So lets accept that they were both accidents. Does that means the Braves should move forward and do absolutely nothing?
Let me ask you this… if your 4-year old daughter was playing at the next door neighbor’s house, and the father accidentally backed over your little girl and broke her leg, and he was extremely apologetic and said all the right things, how would you feel? Like most of us you would probably accept the man’s apology and move forward, right?
But what if a few weeks later, he accidentally backed over your 6-year old boy and broke his arm? You gonna turn the other cheek again, accept the man’s apology, and walk away like nothing happened?
Lets talk reality… sure, it was an accident both times, and the guy apologized. But after the second accident, would it maybe be time to give the dumb ass a wake-up call so that in the future he pays attention?