If there was one common theme in the Dodgers clubhouse after Thursday's game, a 3-2 win over the Padres, it was that Carlos Quentin was in the wrong in charging the mound after getting hit by a pitch from Zack Greinke.
Greinke broke his left collarbone in a collision with Quentin, one caused because Quentin thought he was hit on purpose.
"The only thing I'll say about that is that I've never hit him on purpose," Greinke said. "He always seems to think I hit him on purpose, but that's not the case."
It was the third time in 31 career plate appearances that Greinke hit Quentin. But he is hardly alone in that regard, as Quentin leads the majors with 97 HBP since the beginning of 2008.
"I thought it was a ploy to get people to not throw inside to him, so he can lean out away," Greinke said. "I don't know anyone who has hit him on purpose."
Quentin maintained Greinke hit him intentionally.
"Myself and Greinke have a history, it dates back to a few years ago. You guys could look it up. It's documented. It's unfortunate about the situation. It could have been avoided. You can ask Zack about that," Quentin said. "I can tell you I've never responded in that fashion before."
Responding in that fashion meant charging Greinke and starting the brawl. Did Greinke want to fight?
"I can't remember the last time I wanted to get in a fight with someone," Greinke said.
Greinke and Quentin were ejected, as were Jerry Hairston Jr. and Matt Kemp.
"That kind of stuff happens in the minor leagues," Kemp said. "It doesn't happen in the big leagues."
The pitch Quentin was hit was a full count pitch leading off the sixth inning, with the Dodgers leading 2-1.
"It's terrible. It's unacceptable, and I lost it. If a guy's going to hit you, he's going to hit you on the very first pitch. This is The Show, you don't do that stuff. My teammate now has a broken f---ing collarbone, because he hit you on a 3-2 pitch?" Hairston said. "I don't know Carlos at all, I really don't, but he was wrong."
Hairston was ejected for going after one of the Padres after the initial melee had died down.
"I was playing peacemaker, just trying to break it up. Obviously Zack was hurt. One of the guys was chirping the whole time, making fun of him for having the hurt shoulder, broken collarbone, or whatever," Hairston said.
He wouldn't name the Padre making the comments about Greinke, but did say that it was not Yonder Alonso, with whom he was arguing with on the field.
Manager Don Mattingly was the angriest I have ever seen him in three years on the beat, and his focus was on Quentin, and more importantly losing Greinke for an extended period of time.
"He caused the whole thing," Mattingly said of Quentin. "Nothing happens if you go to first base like in baseball you know you do, because you know he's not throwing at you 3-2, in a 2-1 game. That's zero understanding of the game of baseball."
The Dodgers host the Padres for three games at Dodger Stadium beginning Monday, which happens to be Jackie Robinson Night. Will there be bad blood between the two teams in four days?
"We'll see," Hairston said.