The benches clear in a brawl after a close play at the plate at the end of the fifth inning in Game 2 of the South Atlantic League Championship Series between the Greenville Drive and Lakewood BlueClaws on Sept. 14, 2010, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Leandro Castro and Julio Rodriguez of Lakewood and Michael Almanzar and Derrik Gibson were ejected by HP umpire Derek Mollica. Photo by: Tom Priddy/MiLB.com
And to think, I almost left after the fourth inning . . . I had already gotten the action I needed.
But . . . it was the last baseball game I’d be able to shoot this year, and I had trouble leaving, so I stayed just a little longer . . . and look what I got.
I’m scanning my memory and I don’t believe I have ever shot a benches-clearing brawl before. I was preparing for Derrik Gibson of the Greenville Drive to score on this play at the end of the fifth inning, but he smashed into Lakewood BlueClaws catcher Sebastian Valle, who hung onto the ball for the inning’s final out.
And then the unplanned fireworks began. Instead of a high-five session in the dugout, I got a benches-clearing brawl than went on and on . . .