kinda late on this "discussion" but cool as long as people realize Tek is not the only one to blame. its fine if you thing Tek deserved 1 more than ARod cos he had the first shove but if you think something like ARod shoulda gotten 1 and Tek five for throwing the first "punch" even though it never was a punch, youre missing something.
and heres another thing NOONE has mentioned... look at the video. when ARod and Varitek were walking towards first while they were "arguing" and the home plate umpire was between them, closer to Tek than Arod. right befor Vartitek shoved ARod, ARod was the one who started moving towards Varitek and stopped going to first. all this while you could read his lips all the while "c'mon mother******... Bring it on !!!"(open invitation for a fight in case you didnt notice)...
..also take into account that he got pissed and started cursing at Arroyo and asking him to "bring it on"after arroyo hit him with a 80 MPH CURVE. i would kinda classify this as "aggresively overreacting".
and given that we didnt hear the whole conversation but IM SURE THE HOME PLATE UMPIRE DID.. and im also sure that he TOLD IT TO MLB pretty much word for word. and mlb pretty much knows more about the conversation than we do... im not a fan of mlb but they had something else to take into consideration that we didnt.
given Tek SHOVED him first... he also obviously overreacted and did the wrong thing but im not sure how many people here wouldve not gotten into a fight after someone from a group/team thats your main rival calls you a mother****** and openly calls you out to fight after hes cursed at your friend/ally (pitcher in this case) even though he had no reason to in the first place.
and i would say that Sturtze DEFINITELY deserved more games than either Kapler, Ortiz and Nixon. heres how i woulda given out the suspensions...
Tek- 5 + fine plus lotsa love from Red Sox Nation for "standing up" for the team.
Arod- 5 + fine plus lotsa love from NY for "standing up" for the team.
Sturtze- 5 + fine.. plus lotsa boos from everyone for being a sissy. and a lonely romantic candlelight dinner with Mo Vaughn just for perks.
Kapler- absolutely nada.
Nixon- 1 + fine.