It seems like fighting is on everyone’s mind lately, or at least mine. The headline of my Warriors recap last night was “Warriors show they can take a punch in huge overtime win over Spurs.” Local star Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero recently agreed to fight Floyd “Money” Mayweather. In the land of mixed martial arts, Ronda Rousey will fight Liz Carmouche tonight — the first time a fight between two women has served as the headline act for Dana White’s UFC.
If you aren’t forking over the money to watch Rousey vs. Carmouche, you can get your fight fix by watching Friday’s brawl between Sacramento State and UC Riverside. Most baseball brawls are glorified shoving matches with an angry word or two mixed in; this one was different.
In the first video I saw of this, I wondered by Sac State second baseman Andrew Ayers shoved UCR shortstop Eddie Young, but the video above shows how Young instigated all of this. In the rundown, Young grabbed Ayers’ glove after getting caught in the rundown, a very cheap move. Then after Ayers pushed him away (an understandable response), Young clocked him with a quick right to the face. It’s pretty surprising that Ayers stayed up after that, although it’s unclear how pure the connection was.
“There was some serious swinging going on out there,” said UCR coach Doug Smith. “I haven’t seen that in one of our games in probably six, eight years.”
I’m not sure what I expected, maybe something more along the lines of “I have never seen that in one of our games,” not a remark about some brawl from “six, eight years” ago. Makes you wonder what kind of program they’re running in Riverside.