Watson: 'They will hear from me'

Originally Published: July 25, 2004
ESPN.com news services

Expect Bob Watson, Major League Baseball's vice president in charge of discipline, to drop the hammer on the Yankees and Red Sox after their bench-clearing brawl in Boston on Saturday.

Watson made that determination before seeing videotape of the incident, The New York Times reported on its Web site Sunday.

"There will be some suspensions," Watson told The Times. "You can best believe that."

Watson's travel schedule has pushed back the timing of his ruling on the Fenway brawl until at least Wednesday, according to The Times, but that does not mean those involved would escape consequences.

"Please believe me," Watson told the newspaper. "They will hear from me."

Tensions escalated Saturday when the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez stared down Boston starter Bronson Arroyo after being hit by a pitch in the third inning.

Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, still wearing his mask, got in the middle of it. After what Varitek said were some "choice words," he pushed Rodriguez in the face, igniting a fight that had both teams pouring from their dugouts.

The Red Sox rallied from a 9-4 deficit to win the game 11-10.

Yankees manager Joe Torre told reporters he wouldn't be surprised if there were several suspensions handed down but wouldn't offer any guesses.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, meanwhile, defended his team. "I have a feeling if they look at the film, we'll probably fare better than them," he was quoted as saying in Newsday.

The Yankees' Kenny Lofton also was ejected but didn't know why. Tanyon Sturtze wasn't tossed out, though he was involved in an ugly takedown with Gabe Kapler. Sturtze said he doesn't expect to be disciplined for his role.

"I was just trying to pull someone off the pile," he told Newsday.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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