Last Friday's brawl between the Giants and the Diamondbacks began with the usual exchange. "He said, 'F—- you!' I asked him, 'F—- you?' and he said, 'Yes, f—- you!' " said San Francisco third baseman Charlie Hayes (above, being restrained by Barry Bonds). Hayes, who was on second base when the curses started flying, charged pitcher Todd Stottlemyre and threw an overhand haymaker intended to f—him up good. The fight's aftermath provided an odd sight—Arizona ace Randy Johnson, whose hat had fallen off, donning a Giants cap by mistake—and some of the young season's better postgame quotes.
"I just don't like him," Hayes said of Stottlemyre. "Nobody likes him because he's an a———. I'm sick of people like that. Who is he, Sandy Koufax? He's a .500 pitcher, that's all. If he has a problem with me, we can get it settled. I told him I'd knock him out."
Stottlemyre shot back from the Diamondbacks' clubhouse: "He missed me all night, at the plate and on the mound." Told that Hayes claimed the pitcher had instigated the fight, Stottlemyre responded, "That tells you how stupid he is. He's obviously frustrated—that's his problem."
The most telling remark came from Hayes. "He talks too much," said the 11-year veteran, who's 0 for 13 lifetime against Stottlemyre. "He talks like he's Bob Gibson. I'm the only guy who can't hit him."