The other day, while writing about Astros manager Bo Porter using a pitcher, Tony Sipp, in right field for a batter and then bringing him back to pitch, I mentioned that 1986 game in which Mets manager Davey Johnson alternated pitchers Jesse Orosco and Roger McDowell between the mound and the outfield over the final five innings of a 14-inning game.
I mentioned some other crazy events from that game, but blew the most obvious: The reason Eric Davis, after stealing second and third in the 10th inning, was pinch-run for, and why Gary Carter had to play third base, was because that was the game with the famous Davis-Ray Knight brawl. Thanks to an alert reader for pointing that out and shame on me for not realizing that.
Anyway, here's the brawl -- and it was a good one. Knight didn't like the way Davis slid into third. Or something. Those Mets didn't need much reason to fight. I love umpire Eric Gregg pulling away Davis and the announcer saying, "I'll tell you one thing, you're barking up the wrong tree when you go after Ray Knight." Knight had been an amateur boxer as you can see from his fighting. And John Denny was apparently some sort of karate expert. And Kevin Mitchell looked like he got in a few haymakers (not shocking!). Ahh, the '80s. Good times.
Also worth mentioning: The only reason the game went into extra innings is Dave Parker hot-dogged a fly ball with two outs in the ninth, dropping it and letting the tying runs score.
Now that's a fun night at the ballpark.