I don’t care if it’s the culture of the game.
I don’t care if teammates are depending upon the retaliation for their own protection.
I don’t care if the manager has ordered it.
Real men don’t throw hard, rounded objects at high speeds in the direction of unsuspecting, defenseless men unless they are at war.
Real war. Not grown men playing a boyhood game war.
Charge the batters box if need be. Throw a punch. Tackle the guy. Meet him outside the ballpark after the game. Wrestle in the on-deck circle.
Or better yet, strike the guy out.
Pitchers who intentionally hit batters are cowards.