in a 1996 game. If somehow you missed it, Belle was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning with the Indians up 9-3. When Eddie Murray followed with a grounder directly to Vina, the second baseman reached up to tag the charging runner. Albert chose to break up the would-be double play by squaring up and clocking him. Vina flailed to the ground but held onto the ball, and Belle was called out. As there was no play at first, Murray was safe on a fielder's choice. Some choice! Anyway, the Brewers retaliated by plunking the rage-filled slugger again in the ninth. A brawl ensued, and Belle was subsequently suspended for five games.
I couldn't help but laugh when I saw the clip again for the first time in several years. It was so blatant. It's been a full decade since Albert retired due to an arthritic hip, so there's an entire generation of baseball fans who may not truly grasp the bat-doody insanity of Albert Belle. Tell the children...never forget.