Justin Upton got hit on Wednesday night, again. For the 16th time this season, the Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder got hit by a pitch. It almost looked intentional, again. However, being as mature as he has shown in the past, Upton walked it off. The next hitter, Miguel Montero got the payback for him with a three-run homer. That is how the Dbacks roll these days.
The Diamondbacks as a whole have really shown some great restraint and for what I believe is a great reason – they are in the middle of a pennant race and can’t risk suspensions and/or injuries. I’m ok with that. As much as you like to see a team get their retribution, the best payback is by putting runs on the board.
It is almost an unwritten rule that a team retaliates when someone gets plunked and it seems it was on purpose. However, these Dbacks know what the task at hand is. They can ill-afford to have anyone, especially Upton removed for several games because of a simple plunk, although in his case, 16 plunks. A mature team this is and their record clearly reflects that.