There was a bench clearing brawl during the Florida St./Florida baseball game.
Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston is on the Florida St. baseball roster. So, Jameis Winston was in a bench-clearing brawl.
That two-plus-two math along with a picture appearing on social media got Winston blogosphere headlines in the hours following the game.
The 36-point font used by the Fox Sports blog made it appear Winston had just sparked World War III on Florida’s coast. Then a blog out of SI.com had him being ‘restrained’ by the officer. Reality wasn’t nearly what these outlets made it out to be.
Before more than 10,000 in Jacksonville, tempers flared in the eighth inning when Seminoles batter D.J. Stewart chopped a grounder down the first base line, and collided with Florida pitcher Danny Young who was attempting to field the ball. First baseman Zack Powers confronted the base runner, at which point Stewart shoved back.
The two were separated as both benches immediately cleared, with Florida State players sprinting from the third base dugout. Pushing and shoving ensued as a local police officer entered the scrum. That is when the picture was taken with the officer holding Winston back.
Order was quickly restored, with Florida State players huddling in front of their dugout as ejections were handed out.
In the bottom half of the inning the benches nearly cleared a second time after a hard slide by a Florida player on Florida State’s catcher whose foot blocked home plate. After sliding, the runner got up and touched home as three FSU players were seen in the background starting to jump the dugout rail.
Trailing 4-0 in the ninth, FSU mounted a spirited rally that fell short. In a post-game presser, Seminoles coach Mike Martin Sr. credited his team’s motivation, while raising a few eyebrows by mentioning how the testosterone and adrenaline kicked in with his squad.
Watching on television, I saw the game as a tense battle between in-state rivals sparked by two bang-bang plays. But because he is a Heisman Trophy and BCS Championship quarterback who also faced a well-documented legal matter, Winston is bound to get infinitely more mainstream media run than any other college baseball player.
Johnny Manziel can provide insight on how every move by a reigning Heisman winner gets chronicled and reported.
Seeing it play out live, no player stood out being especially out of line – though Florida State’s players appeared more aggressive flying full-speed from the third base dugout.
Read the Jacksonville paper and the scuffle was reported as such, with just a passing mention of Winston’s presence.
Other than that, there wasn’t much to see.