I was in the right field grandstands, and here's my take:
1) I'm not sure if Pedro was going at Garcia. If he was, he's a moron, because the mood of the whole stadium was panic. Pedro was not pitching well, and he loads the bases like that? Since he didn't have good stuff, I doubt he was going after Garcia. However, he may have been; but we should note he didn't throw AT Garcia's head. It only came close to Garcia's head because instead of backing away, he ducked. If Garcia stayed in the box, it would have hit him in the side (or the back if he turned).
2) I don't fault Garcia at all for the hard slide, although he went a bit out of his way...
3) Manny is an idiot. That ball was high, and no where near a beanball. He should have tried to get a hit instead of flinching every pitch.
4) What was Pedro to do? All these people saying that Pedro should have just sidestepped Zimm because Zimm is old are morons. Please, people!!! Check out this video: rtsp://necn.mirror-image.com/media/vide ... dro_12p.rm
Then tell me that Pedro had time to take care of himself and think--hey, this old man running all the way across the field to hit me should be handled carefully. No. Pedro was nice to Zimm.
5) Pedro is becoming Rocket of old--classless. Rocket--who I HATE -- is usually the guy to make an ass of himself, throwing at Piazza, throwing a BAT at Piazza, etc. But Clemens kept his composure.
6) I don't know what was said, but it sure looked to me like Pedro was threatening to bean Posada. Embarrassing.
7) Nelson started it. Sure, the guy shouldn't have been waving a towel--and I noticed this, actually (we were in the rightfield granstands)--but that's no reason to beat up the guy. I was SHOCKED to see Garcia hop the fence and get into the melee. And--suprisingly this hasn't been reported much--but Posada ran all the way from his position out to the bullpen to join in, only to be turned away. Sad, sad day.
8) This didn't make the Sox look bad, alone. It didn't make the Yankees look bad, alone. Both teams took huge hits. Sad day for baseball.
9) This crap about the fans creating a violent atmosphere is BS. Yes, Red Sox fans--as well as Yanks fans--are diehards (I drove 12 hours from DC to Boston Friday to wait in line for 14 hours for tickets...), but we're not bad people. We yell, chant Ro-ger, but do not wish violence. I was booing the bullpen attendent because it first appeared to me that someone jumped in to the pen and started a fight-- a la Chicago-- but later realized who it was. The fans were passionate, loud, but there were no fan arrests made that night.
10) I was standing in the bleachers, dead center field at 7:45 Sunday night when that game was canceled... unfortunately I had to give my ticket to a friend.
Anyway, in summary, it was a bad night for both teams.
I'm back. Sorta.
Do not boo Johnny.