Fans attending the Arizona Diamondbacks-Los Angeles Dodgers game last June 11 expected to see baseball but got boxing and wrestling as well. Fans attending "Tales From the Dugout" on Wednesday night at Grand Canyon University Arena expected to hear tales about baseball and lessons in faith but got a confession as well. On a night filled with strong messages of giving control to God and being bold in your faith, former Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy openly shared his deeply personal feelings about his role in the nastiest brawl of the 2013 major league baseball season. Kennedy, who was traded to San Diego last July, was one of the guest speakers at the men's outreach ministry event along with two Dodgers stars, pitcher Clayton Kershaw and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. The two former major leaguers moderating the discussion, GCU alumnus Tim Salmon and ESPN analyst Aaron Boone, didn't shy from acknowledging the curious sight of three players from that incident sitting together before a crowd of 2,000 to talk about Christianity -- and Kennedy was eager to bare his soul. "I really want to talk about that. Are we going to talk about that tonight?" he said early in the proceedings. The trouble on that June night began when Kennedy hit Dodgers star Yasiel Puig on the nose with a pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning. Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke then plunked the first hitter in the top of the seventh, D-backs catcher Miguel Montero, in the back, and both teams came out on the field to confront each other, although no punches were thrown. One of the oldest and most controversial traditions of baseball is, "If you hit one of our guys, we're going to hit one of yours." Afterward, the pitchers involved almost always deny that it was intentional ("It just got away from me" is a common explanation), even if it clearly was. But there's another aspect to baseball's unwritten rules: If you're going to hit someone, you hit them in the back. The Dodgers were incensed because of where Puig was hit, so they retaliated.
Kennedy comes clean on role in brawl with Dodgers
Fox Sports Arizona | Feb 28