I’m sure all of you remember back on 6/10/07 when Renteria was on the Braves and there was a battle between the 2 teams. Just a brief recap for those that don’t remember…
Soriano had hit 3 homers the first game of the series. Hudson hits Soriano with a pitch in the second game. Then all hell broke out in the third game of the series. Lilly hits Renteria with a pitch. The umpire says that he knew that Lilly was going to throw at him and tosses Lilly. Then Renteria steals second and delivers a forearm shiver to Fontenot at second Base.
Renteria leaves the game in the fourth inning without batting again. The braves do not play the Cubs for the rest of that season. And then finally Renteria signs with the Tigers in the offseason and doesn’t face the Cubs, until the last couple of games.
I got to listen to the Giants announcers for Mondays game and even they were talking about how the Cubs would pitch to Renteria.
So my question is, should the Cubs have let Renteria know that they remember the forearm that he delivered to one of their own and it would not be tolerated? Now I am not saying to throw one at his head. But maybe one ball between the numbers would be the message to send that a forearm to one of ours will be given back to you in kind. Or do you feel that it was 2 years ago and let sleeping dogs lie.
I am also interested in the generational differences between the "old timers" and the younger fans.