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Local player in the middle of pro baseball brawl

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Fists flew at a professional baseball game in San Diego on Thursday night, and the man in the middle of it grew up in Central Florida.    

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke threw the ball and it hit San Diego Padres' slugger Carlos Quentin. After Quentin was hit, he rushed the mound. Greinke hunched over and was wrestled to the ground by Quentin. Greinke broke his collarbone.

"He always seems to think that I'm hitting him on purpose," said Greinke. "But that's not the case, and that's really all I have to say on it."

Some blamed a heated past.  Most agreed the brawl and injury were unnecessary.

David Eckstein, a Sanford native and MVP for the 2006 World Series St. Louis Cardinals, said the whole thing didn't make sense.

"I was like this is a little crazy," said Eckstein.

Printed reports reveal Quentin has been hit by pitches 116 times in his career. Greinke has hit 46 batters since 2004.

"That was the 3rd time that Greinke had hit him," said Eckstein. "And I guess he just thought that the third time was enough."

Those from Greinke's alma mater, Apopka High School, agreed with Eckstein's sentiment.

Fred Priest is the Athletic Director at Apopka High School. Coach Priest suggests Quentin had reached his limit.

"The guy gets hit a lot," said Coach Priest. "He's frustrated about who knows. Maybe somebody did something to his cheerios in the morning."

Coach Priest and Eckstein both said they hope the next generation of Central Florida players learns one major league lesson from the incident:

"How to control your temper," said Eckstein.

"If we just talk about financials, this is $150 million asset," said Coach Priest. "The other guy gets paid a little bit of money. Why do I want my two guys running out and running into each other?"

"Only bad things happen," said Eckstein. "Carlos is going to get suspended, and now Zach is going to be out for two to three months."

Greinke will be out for eight weeks. The teams play another three game series on Monday night.

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