Re: Fight revisited
I have mixed emotions about it. If Cueto was out there as a peacemaker ... but got caught in the herd, thrown back into the net/stands and suddenly found himself on his back, I can somewhat understand his reaction. He felt he needed to protect himself and throwing fists was not going to be effective in that situation.
But if he was out there talking crap and got tossed back into the net ... and his reaction was to kick like that, I'm not really OK with it. He could have held his spikes/legs up to protect himself without flailing them at LaRue.
Now, who knows what LaRue was doing/saying. As much as he pretended not to be, LaRue had a little punk in him. There are many examples, but one is treating Dave Ross like a jerk because Ross had the audacity to out-play LaRue and steal playing time from him. So, I could see LaRue being an instigator there and perhaps Cueto was literally fearing for his life when he suddenly found himself on his back (kind of) in the stands all wrapped up in the protective netting. Was Cueto really in severe danger there? No. But when your fight or flight instinct kicks in (no pun intended) then sometimes reason goes out the window. I would like to know exactly the roles Cueto and LaRue played before Cueto actually got tossed back and began kicking like one of those X-Games guys who falls off his bike but still has 30 feet to go before he crashes to the ground.
LaRue is claiming the incident ended his career because he got a concussion over it and doctors told him he shouldn't play (he had previous concussions). So, it's no laughing matter. I wouldn't be surprised if LaRue ends up suing over it, although I hope it doesn't come to that. Plus, LaRue has plenty of money in the bank due to the Reds overpaying him all those years. Compare our catching situation now to the LaRue years. Yikes.