One note that seems to be missed in the midst of the brawl between the Dodgers and the Padres on Thursday night was that Zack Greinke got ejected from the game. He was one of four ejections, along with Carlos Quentin, Jerry Hairston Jr., and Matt Kemp.
Hairston and Kemp, to use their words as well as those of Don Mattingly, "lost it" at various times during the melee, which is why they were ejected.
"I'm always going to be backing my teammate," Kemp said.
Quentin was ejected obviously for charging the mound. But Greinke didn't leave the game until he was examined by team trainer Sue Falsone. The ejection of Greinke wasn't confirmed until after the game, by home plate umpire and crew chief Sam Holbrook.
"Really, that's all I can tell you," Holbrook said. "I spoke with my supervisor and until we file a report with the league, that's really all we can say."
Greinke threw a 3-2 pitch that hit Quentin, putting the leadoff runner on base with a one-run lead. But did Greinke say something to Quentin (go to 0:14 here) that set him off?
"I can't tell you what was said or what we think led to it," Holbrook said. "I understand you have a job to do, and it's your job to ask questions, but we really can't say much."
Greinke also refused to comment in what he said after the hit by pitch.
Holbrook was asked what priorities are for the umpires in a situation like this, and the crew chief said it was to "make sure we get the instigators."