Last week, the Red Sox's John Lackey hit the Rays' Matt Joyce apparently because earlier in the game, Joyce stared at a long foul ball a little longer than Lackey appreciated. After Joyce got hit, he and Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (say that three times real fast) got into a pretty good argument, and then the Rays' Joel Peralta threw a pitch at the Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia, who apparently did nothing wrong except be the next Boston batter after the fireworks.
What exactly is the unwritten rule about how long you're allowed to watch a long ball to see whether it's going fair or foul? Why throw at Pedroia when it was Saltalamacchia who apparently was asking for a fastball between the shoulder blades?
In the Dodgers-Diamondbacks game, Arizona's Ian Kennedy hit Los Angeles' Yasiel Puig, and the Dodgers' Zack Greinke threw at the Diamondbacks' Miguel Montero four times before finally hitting him.
What's the unwritten rule on how many times you're allowed to retaliate before it's overkill? If he hadn't gotten him with the fourth pitch, would a fifth high-and-hard pitch be OK?
I understand the need for pitchers to protect their hitters. Even if a batter gets hit high and inside by accident, his pitcher needs to let the other team know he's not so forgiving.
But what exactly are all the rules? Won't somebody please write down all the unwritten rules of baseball?
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