Originally Posted by Big Klu
Even if he didn't intentionally hit Votto, there was the appearance that he may have done it on purpose. In that case, the Reds' pitching staff has to lay down the law that throwing at Votto (or any of the other front-line offensive players) will not be tolerated. Deputy Sam took care of it in exactly the right way--he retaliated immediately, and with a purpose pitch that was nonlethal. You can bet that the other players in the Reds clubhouse appreciate what he did, and know that LeCure has their back if things get hairy out there.
I agree with the thought process here. I also think throwing behind the batter is more useful in that sense than hitting him outright. It's the Reds way of saying, "I don't know for sure if you were trying to hit our $250 million man, but in case you were, we'll be happy to retaliate."
I also have no issue with Posey or Bochey taking umbrage to it. They're supposed to take umbrage to it. That's the point. They didn't make a capital case(like say a hypothetical team situated 320 miles west of GABP) They simply showed some displeasure and then returned to play.