The Red Sox swept all four games from the Orioles but it was the extra-curricular activities that turned the event from a friendly baseball series to a rumble between rival gangs for bragging rights.
The bad blood started when Gregg threw two nasty inside pitches to Papi in Game 1. After the second pitch, Papi fired a wicked glare at Gregg and kinda made his way to the mound, yelling at Gregg. Both benches made their way to the top step of each dugout in case all hell broke loose. Nothing happened at this point as Papi was restrained and the at-bat continued. Gregg got Papi to hit a lazy pop-up and while Papi was running to first-base, Gregg apparently yelled something in his direction which infuriated him.
And that's when PANDEMONIUM broke loose as Papi charged the mound and started swinging at Gregg. The benches cleared and the ALL-OUT BRAWL was on!
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In other words, in Gregg's mind, Papi drew FIRST BLOOD and should be penalized heavier. He might be right.
Also suspended were Orioles pitcher Mike Gonzalez (3 games) for throwing at Papi in the final game of the series and manager Buck Showalter got a one-game suspension. I guess Showalter got suspended for ordering the hit on Papi even though both benches had been warned.
Aside from the 4 suspensions, all kinds of fines were handed out to all those involved in the WWE-style FRACAS.
What a series! The only thing missing was Jerry "The King" Lawler and Michael Cole calling the action. Sheesh!
For the record, Big Papi did apologize the following day and there's no word yet on whether Papi is also appealing his suspension.
UPDATE: Today (7-15-11) it was reported that Big Papi will indeed appeal his suspension.