Alfredo Aceves was back at Red Sox camp after his stint with Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, which of course was notable for Aceves' involvement in a wild brawl with Team Canada.
Aceves wasn’t on the mound at the time of the incident, but raced onto the field with most of his teammates after Canada's Rene Tosoni was hit by a pitch from Arnold Leon. The Sox reliever was tossed to the ground by Philadelphia minor league outfielder Tyson Gillies during the height of the altercation and also appeared to take several blows while being held by Canadian players.
Aceves, who was sporting some bruises on his head but said otherwise he emerged unscathed, he told reporters in Fort Myers that he wasn't sure why Gillies seemed to take issue with him.
“Who’s Gillies? Oh, no. That was the first time I saw him there. Like I said, it’s part of the game. He was trying to defend his team. If it were me, I’d try to do the same thing,” Aceves said, according to WEEI.com. “What can I say? It didn’t surprise me when he threw me to the floor. I reacted to it because I didn’t do nothing to him. I was just calming down.
“The fighting was with the pitcher and the hitter. So I was saying, ‘Calm down, man, calm down, come on, man.’ And he just grabbed me and threw me on the floor. So I was like, ‘I’m going to throw you on the floor, man.’ Then when I jumped in to this guy, I had seven guys against me.”
Asked if he was concerned about getting injured in the melee, Aceves said there was no time to worry about that.
“You’re locked in. You’re just trying to defend and knock them out. That’s it. We were trying to defend ourselves. We didn’t do nothing to him. He just threw me,” Aceves said.