How great was the Cards/Backs brawl? The way that pitcher was staring down Tino, I would have whipped his ass too. LaRussa was right on with his take!
Bautista had NO intention of hitting him.
1-0 game, Bautista had a GREAT game going, he had NO reason to ruin it by hitting Tino. And Tino charged Miguel when Miguel had his back turned. Bautista turned around, he saw Tino coming at him with every intention of slugging him, Bautista threw the ball to keep him away, and they went at it from there.
Tino overreacted, then attacked a guy behind his back.
Basically, they Cardinals were able to take out a dominant pitcher from the opposing team by giving up one of their players.
Bautista should not have been thrown out.