The World Baseball Classic featured a classic baseball brawl game, matching the neighbors of pan-America: Mexico and Canada.
For the United States, it is sort of like mediating a fight between your younger brothers. On the one hand, you want to stop it-and on the other hand, you wouldn't mind seeing them kill each other.
This particular battle of the second-rates includes a couple of familiar names: Adrian Gonzalez and Alfredo Aceves. Night and day you could not find after a long search with these two. The eternally placid Gonzalez and the ever-nutty Aceves.
Red Sox fans will not be too surprised to learn that Aceves was in the thick of throwing and being thrown for a loop. Now the question arises as to whether he received a concussion from his skirmish.
All this goes to the fact that this player is a loose cannon of the bad apple in the barrel theory, to mix our metaphors and come up with applesauce.
You always expect Aceves to be in the thick of any battle, melee or beanball disagreement. Whether Aceves is capable of a concussion may be the bigger issue. "Talking to him is like talking to cement," as Red Sox hardliner Dick Williams used to say of the lesser bright bulbs.
So, Aceves may have damaged his value in a meaningless exhibition game. Of course, diehards will say that national honor is more important in the national game. Alas, this game, like all politics, was strictly local.
Aceves still seems to be more at home playing on Pancho Villa's team than with those gringos in Boston.