You just don’t see that happen unless there is either some sort of past history with the pitcher, usually bad blood from a previous bean ball incident, or something went down in the game where the “fly-by” happened.
None of that seems to apply here so it’s a little bit of a mystery.
After the game MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian asked Derek Lowe about it and he gave a long, expletive-filled but ultimately not-very-forthcoming explanation, alluding to some years-old bad blood between Reds manager Dusty Baker and himself:
After the game, Lowe insinuated that Baker has been instructing his pitchers to throw at him for the past five seasons due to a grudge that dates to Lowe’s final year with the Dodgers in 2008.
“Dusty will deny it,” Lowe said. “I have zero respect for the guy — not that it matters. I imagine he’d say the same about me” … The 39-year-old Cleveland starter hinted at an incident that was never made public during his time in Los Angeles, but he was not willing to offer up specific details.
Now I’d love to know what the heck is at the center of all this animosity, but who knows if we’ll ever get the full story.
But until then you guys are gonna have to settle for: