Sucker Puncher Defends Himself. Kind of.
From The Boston Globe:
''What do you mean, 'regret'?" Tavarez said when asked if he was sorry he hit Gathright with a blow to the jaw in the eighth inning of a 12-11 win over the Devil Rays, adding another line to the rap sheet of scrums between these clubs. ''I wish I don't have to [throw a punch], because I'm not here to fight, you know. Little things happen in baseball, you know. No big deal."
That would be like knocking someone in the knees with a Louisville f'n slugger if they didn't agree with your proposal in a meeting or something. In your defense, you say something like: "Wish I didn't have to do things like that, but it's no big deal." Excuse me, Tavarez, but where is it written that you have to hit someone in the jaw during a game? I'm really disappointed in his behavior, and so early on, too. And if you're Tito, what on earth do you file that under?