The brawl between the Reds and Pirates produced an image worthy of an art museum
Each era of art has a distinctive style. Even a neophyte can likely walk through a museum of art and offer an accurate guess of a given painting's era of origin. It's not hard to tell a Renaissance painting from a work of modern art.
But sometimes an artist from a later era imitates the hand of a predecessor. During Sunday's game between the Reds and Pirates, a brawl broke out. You'd be forgiven if you assumed this image was a painting depicting a battle from the American Revolutionary War.
Hang this in the Louvre. pic.twitter.com/2ArAXSEOqf— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 7, 2019
I mean, the similarities are striking.
It also looks mighty fine as Renaissance art, by the way.
"Yasiel Puig starts a brawl" in Renaissance form pic.twitter.com/dqDM7xLEjx— Jonathan Soveta (@eighteenyards) April 7, 2019
The image of the Reds and Pirates clearing their benches may not be quite as old as the art paying tribute to the heroism of the American Revolution, but it seems cut from the same cloth. Given time, it may well find its place alongside those iconic images.
Eric Chesterton is a writer for MLB.com. He is an appreciator of the stolen base, the bunt against the shift and nearly every unconventional uniform design. He eagerly awaits Jamie Moyer's inevitable comeback.