Kirk Gibson Giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a Reason to Hate Him

Dustin HullAnalyst IJune 12, 2013

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 15:  Manager Kirk Gibson #23 of the Arizona Diamondbacks watches from the dugout during the MLB game against the Atlanta Braves at Chase Field on May 15, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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It's not 1988 anymore, folks.

There's no more Tommy Lasorda in the Los Angeles Dodgers' dugout praising Kirk Gibson, the beloved World Series warrior.

Now the LA dugout isn’t spilling out to greet the man at home plate after he did something they couldn’t believe. Instead, they’re spilling out onto the field for a far different reason.

After the now Arizona Diamondbacks manager's pitcher (most likely by his command) struck Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke in the head with a fastball last night, the benches emptied and the tempers boiled over between the two clubs.

Gibson played three seasons in LA, which might as well been three times as long considering the impact he had in 1988 when he was declared the NL MVP (I still don't know how he won it).

But that’s a distant memory that had driven way off into the desert for some. Now, consider it falling into a canyon, as the D-Backs manager is suddenly under the shaking fists of the La-La Land faithful.

If Gibson truly had Ian Kennedy throw high and tight to Greinke's noggin, then there should be serious consequences for him and his hurler.

Warnings had been handed out after Greinke hit Arizona catcher Miguel Montero with what was supposed to be a return plunking for Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig getting too close of a shave from a Kennedy fastball.

But what Greinke did should have been the final pleasantry, as Montero undoubtedly found only a few varying colors on his back this morning.

But Gibson, who once provided the heroics of a home run off of Dennis Eckersley in the Fall Classic while he hobbled around on an injured leg, went as far as not to only deliver a reply, but in an area that could have done serious damage.

It was the second time Greinke was thrown in the middle of benches clearing, but this could have been worse than the broken collarbone he suffered in his last dust-up.

The NL West is starting to turn into the Wild West; minus the stirrups, but still providing skirmishes and similarities to bar fights.

And even this town isn’t big enough anymore for Kirk Gibson.

It is one thing to stick up for a player, but hitting a head should only be done on the scoreboard. And don't think the Dodger fans won't remember.

This is the manager Kirk Gibson, not the player.

And it sure isn't 1988.