Was that the best baseball fight you’ve ever seen, or was that the best baseball fight you’ve ever seen? Today, the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers game boiled over into a good old-fashioned donnybrook right out near second base. In case you missed it, check it out here.
Obviously, I have some thoughts, because I’m an opinionated man who always has thoughts on everything. So here they are in bullet point format:
- First off, keep in mind these teams have history. Last year, they met up in an emotional ALDS matchup. That series actually contained hate. Texas despised Toronto, and Toronto didn’t like them right back. I’m sure that the players probably said lots of really bad words to one another over the course of the five game series. The most notable, memorable thing that happened was an important Jose Bautista homerun, which resulted in this epic but disrespectful bat flip.
- I said it then, I’ll repeat myself now: that flip completely showed up the Rangers. I thought repercussions were coming from his enemies in the Lone Star State, and I’ve clearly been proven right.
- Unsurprisingly, Bautista was involved in this play, too. He went in hard to second base trying to break up a double play. Personally, I don’t have an issue with the slide. It may be considered dirty because baseball has been pussy-fied due to the Chase Utley rule, but it was a good old-fashioned break up slide. Worthy of a punch? I don’t know, I guess that depends what side you’re on. Obviously Bautista knew what he was doing going into second that hard, but if you’re going to be a douche bag in the playoffs and you’re going to go in hard, you can’t be surprised when somebody gets pissed off. I’m pretty sure that’s got to be in a rulebook somewhere, verbatim.
- Rougned Odor SNUFFED Bautista. Usually you don’t see guys ACTUALLY land a punch. But he got him good. And regarding Bautista? Dude is lucky that Adrian Beltre took it upon himself to hold him back, because Odor probably would’ve done it again. There’s no doubt in my mind that Odor would’ve completely, utterly ruined Bautista because Joey Bats is simply not a tough person. There’s also no doubt in my mind that Odor is looking at 50 games at the very, very least. But he won’t be suiting up for a long time.
I’m not condoning fighting. I just really enjoy watching two teams who hate one another play. They got him GOOD. Of course, this Texas-Toronto rivalry won’t be a long, everlasting one like some of the others in baseball. But for now, sit back and enjoy, because this white-hot rivalry is the best in sports today.
Cover photo from Dallas News
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