Count Jake Arrieta among the fans of baseball brawls.
Namely, the San Francisco Giants-Washington Nationals scrap this week as Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland rang in Memorial Day by punching each other's faces.
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Some baseball fans and media have been scolding the two players and teams for brawling, but Arrieta has a completely different stance.
"I thought it was awesome," Arrieta said Tuesday on 670 The Score. "Every once in a while, it's refreshing to see two teams emotionally charged getting after it. And when something like that happens vs. continuing to chirp about it, why don't you go out there and see somebody?"
The brawl was not without casualties, however, as Harper was suspended for four games and Strickland for six. Giants first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse also hit the disabled list with a concussion suffered when he and Jeff Samardzija ran into each other in the midst of the brawl:
Underrated aspect of Jeff Samardzija and Michael Morse colliding here is Samardzija actually punching Hunter Strickland while doing so. pic.twitter.com/88iKvXQto1— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) May 30, 2017
"I'm pretty sure Harper was lucky that they collided because Samardzija was coming in to do some damage," Arrieta said of his former teammate.
Arrieta actually said he's all for brawls in baseball and would rather see two guys come to blows than just stand there and "chirp" at each other.
The 31-year-old pitcher has never had a hitter charge him on the mound, but if it did happen, he actually would prefer if his teammates stayed out of things for a moment or two.
"If it's my catcher, I want him to wait and give me an opportunity to do a little damage," Arrieta said. "I don't want it broken up right away. If it happens, I'll let you know. I'll be ready. You know, I like my chances toe to toe with just about anybody.
"I know Willson [Contreras] would probably beat whoever charges the mound to the mound, but I'll tell him and Miggy [Montero], 'Hey, give me 10-15 seconds to get some work in and then come out and see me."
Arrieta stands 6-foot-4 with 225 pounds of pure muscle as one of the most well-conditioned athletes in the world. I would not be betting against him if any hitter decided to "come out and see him" on the mound.