Baseball game descends into brutal brawl after player punches rival
Dear baseball, more fights please...
In a stunning display of etiquette and sportsmanship, Rougned Odor – a player for the Texas Rangers – caused a mid-game brawl by punching a player from Toronto Blue Jays, Jose Bautista, in the jaw.
Odor punching Bautista pic.twitter.com/32fgblTn1B
— Brian Platt (@btaplatt) May 15, 2016
They got into a fistfight behind the bag after a hard slide by the Toronto slugger at Odor's legs in the midst of a double play in the top of the eighth inning. Players from both teams rushed the field, and Odor shoved Bautista, then landed a punch to his face.
Bautista had reached base after being hit by a pitch from Matt Bush. "I had a hard slide at second base. I could have injured [Odor, but] I chose not to," Bautista said. "I tried to send a message that I didn't appreciate getting hit [by the pitch]."
According to initial reports, the crowd frantically started chanting "USA! USA!" when the fight broke out, despite one of the athletes being from Venezuela and the other from the Dominican Republic.
Needless to say, it got out of hand in a matter of seconds...
Morning. To those waking up, the baseball had one HECK of a fight in it last night. https://t.co/kMHLmy1mkt
— Carl Anka (@Ankaman616) May 16, 2016
And where would America's national pastime be without constant and ruthless meme-ification?
"Make America Great Aga..." pic.twitter.com/hbWM4zyt2c
— Sam Fritz (@SFritz730) May 16, 2016
After analyzing that baseball fight.... Rule #1- If you get pushed don't push back just swing even if you can't fight 😂😂😂
— Preston Smith (@PrestonSmith94) May 16, 2016
Todays baseball fight has been the best fight Ive seen in baseball ever
— JOEY (@Joebudd22) May 16, 2016
Thankfully, post-game and post-punch, both men were still good sports about the whole affair...
Odor, who is purportedly Texas' star slugger, later apologised for hitting Bautista in the face.
The two have now officially kissed and made up.
Bautista: "He got me pretty good so I have to give him that. But it takes a little bit of a bigger man, I guess, to knock me down" #BlueJays
— Gregor Chisholm (@GregorChisholm) May 15, 2016