Back to my original question: Why was Victorino the only player suspended? Whiteside and Ramirez were fined; Ramirez instigated the entire thing, and Whiteside made the first physical contact—yet they were fined, not suspended. I don’t understand how they weren’t both suspended as well or why Victorino simply wasn’t fined, as they were.
It sends a bad message—if you are a pitcher, making bad pitches, and the opposing team is hitting those pitches hard, it is OK to drill a batter and not have to worry about being suspended.
People claim all the time that I dislike the Giants. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I really like the Giants, because they play the game the way it is supposed to be played—hard for 27 outs. That is why they have that ring from last year.
The fact is, I don’t care which team or which pitcher is on the mound; you don’t hit a batter on purpose, because you are making mistakes. If you do, you should be suspended. The only reason I believe a hitter should ever be hit on purpose is if it is a situation where the pitcher is standing up for his teammates; to protect them.
In this situation, the fact no Phillies pitcher stood up for Victorino is the saddest part of the whole deal.