Johan Santana of the New York Mets has been fined after throwing at both Pablo Sandoval and Bengie Molina three innings after David Wright was hit in the head with a pitch by Matt Cain on August 15th. As Giants fans, we have to ask: where does this leave us?
Cain’s beaning of Wright was clearly unintentional. There is no bad blood between the Mets and Giants, there is no evidence of a problem between Cain and Wright, and Matt’s response to the hit both initially (walking off the mound and looking pretty horrified) and after a while (leaving a message for Wright at the hospital, talking to him a few days after the fact) did nothing to indicate otherwise. Cain clearly felt bad about it, yet there were those in the Mets fanbase calling for Cain’s ass. But enough about the gays.
Anyway, the screams of "IT WAS INTENTIONAL" and "SUSPEND CAIN!" from complete idiots thankfully went nowhere. But what about Santana, who said, "I feel like I have to protect my teammates. You can call that whatever you want. We’re in it together" (Source)? Doesn’t that, and the fact that he threw at two batters, back-to-back, warrant a suspension?
I’m not usually one to say a guy needs to be suspended (hell, Santana’s on my fantasy team and I like the guy), but MLB is trying to prevent this kind of retaliation (again, not something I agree with, because that’s a part of the game). Given what Johan did, and what he said about it, I’m not sure you could want any more convincing evidence that he was intentionally throwing at Sandoval and Molina. So: should Santana be suspended? Do we want Santana to be suspended for throwing at our players