2003 Chicago Cubs unfortunately it will be remembered forever for someone who is not even in the team register. Steve Bartman became public enemy no. 1 (although it is not to blame for the team choke work against the Florida Marlins in the National League Championship Series) and the Curse of Billy’s goat lived.
Sammy Sosa it was the heart and soul of that team, but only the Cub launch personnel had some characters. Kerry Wood and Mark Prior pioneered the aces. Carlos Zambrano, which was known to have popped on its players and destroyed coolers, also pitched pitches for the Windy City MLB team.
Look at the puppy bullpen and you will find someone who looks like a modern Nolan Ryan: Kyle Farnsworth. In fact, this was a pitcher once nicknamed the “The greatest baseball fighter of all time” by SB Nation.
For those who don’t remember this flame-throwing and heated relief pitcher, let’s move on to some facts about Mr. Farnsworth: he played football and baseball in high school growing up in Alpharetta, Georgia. Him once a fight broke out between his two bulldogs – Strike and Rambo – and needed four points on his hand without pitching. In 2005, he threw punches and shocked Jeremy Affeldt in a fight between the Detroit tigers and the Kansas City royalty. HAS A BLACK BELT IN KARATE. He stood 6 feet-4, 230 pounds. He also regularly threw 100mph balls and didn’t mind running up and beating the batsmen.
On June 19, 2003, that latest event put the 27-year-old pitcher in difficulty. However, the batter was really the one in trouble.
The fall of Kyle Farnsworth’s MMA in 2003 Cubs-Reds Brawl
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The Cubs and Cincinnati Reds were taking part in a harmless mid-summer rivalry game from NL Central in ’03 when things started to become unstable.
Farnsworth threw a tall, narrow heater when Reds’ pitcher Paul Wilson squared for a sacrifice in the seventh inning. The field jumped out of the glove of the Cubs catcher and the runner still advanced the first.
Wilson did not like the positioning of the field, had some words chosen for the lifter and probably probably immediately regretted everything. Farnsworth dropped Wilson as a potato sack and slammed his face while he was on top of him. It was a direct move from an UFC fight and probably wounded Wilson’s back to death.
Here’s what Wilson looked like after stupidly loading Farnsworth:
And here’s what Farnsworth looked like as he headed for shelter:
“It’s a fight, but when it’s over, it’s over” Farnsworth said ESPN of the fight and the brawls in baseball. “Shooters must know that a pitcher will protect them if they are hit. We are 180 days a year together. So we are basically a family. You have to protect your family. “
“Don’t f *** with Farnsworth” should have been immediately transformed into shirts. The rest of the brawl is a little bland after that, except when Dusty Baker drives a bus crazy. I just wonder what would have happened if Slammin ‘Sammy Sosa had launched some hay producers.
Farnsworth has performed in Major League Baseball for 16 years as a set-up man and lifter with nine different teams (Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay Rays, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets and Houston Astros). He had an ERA of 4.26 careers and 963 strikeouts, but something tells me that the teams liked to keep him around as a defender.
The best part of Farnsworth? The baseball player he played semi-professional football for the Orlando Phantoms in the Florida Football Alliance. In 2015, it totaled 11 team leader bags. I wouldn’t be surprised if he led the team in the tackles. Ask Paul Wilson.