Removing your teammate from the verbal fracus was probably the best thing you could have done. Keeping your wits about you with all the shouting and posturing was quite a feat in itself, congratulations on diffusing the situation. Sounds like you were pretty quick on your feet.
An Emotional HijackER, can't do the deed with the victim not there. (not to mention there were 4 or 5) With the group/tribe potential, things could have gotten ugly.
Hey, wasn't there a thread on baseball bats a while back?
I know things were pretty hot out there, but did you happen to notice the reactions of others, other players, fans watching, or even the officials? Was there anyone else even looking like they might give you assistance?
Watch those knuckle balls.