For those who recall the year when Manny Ramirez popped off and took a poke at Kevin Youkilis in the dugout during a game, we have had a sense of deju vu all over again.
During the west coast trip to hell (they still aren't there yet), the battling Red Sox stepped up to the plate and swung at each other.
No fisticuffs actually occurred. This was more like a marriage on the verge of checking its prenup prior to going to the lawyer.
Alfredo Aceves and Dustin Pedroia had a dust-up-in-and-out.
Though it was not related to a play in which Aceves knocked a ball out of catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia's glove, it may have been related to two pickoff throws Aceves made to the surprised Pedroia.
With a runner way off second base, you'd think a second baseman might be thinking about a pickoff.
Bobby Valentine tried to mediate in the dugout, but that's sort of like Mother Kardashian stepping between Kim and Kris Humphries during a fray. You do so with risk to life and limb.
Aceves took umbrage at Valentine's attempt to downplay what clearly was for him a big deal.
Dustin later told the media to mind their own beeswax, as if a public display of distemper among mad dogs is not a time to call the dog officer and the local newspaper photog.
Some in Red Sox Nation will blame the media for the blowup. Others will say the molehill is already too high to climb.
As far as we are concerned, we have not yet seen the Red Sox begun to fight. They may be saving the main event for homecoming.