Sunday afternoon in Arlington, things went bad for ALDS (American League Division Series), a massive bench-clearing brawl has broken out in the eight of the game between the Blue Jays and Rangers. The two baseball clubs were involved in a pair of benches-clearing brawls, one which involved actual punches.
Jose Bautista and Toronto Rangers’ second baseman Rougned Odor have got into a fist fight after a hard slide by the Toronto at Odor’s legs in the midst of a double play in the eight innings of the game. Odor punched Bautista right in the face, and soon after the exchange, both teams were on the field in one of the most intense brawls in the history of the sports industry.
“I was pretty surprised,” Bautista said in a statement, via the ESPN. “I mean, obviously, that’s the only reason that he got me, and he got me pretty good, so I have to give him that. It takes a little bit bigger man to knock me down.”
It’s a total chaos, as players from both sides rushed the field, throwing punches at their opponents.
After the incident, Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista, John Gibbons, Jesse Chavez, Josh Donaldson, bench coach DeMarlo Hale were all ejected from the game along with the Texas Rangers’ Odor and bench coach Steve Buechele.
This is the second time the two teams have met this season. The first one was a four-game series at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada, but that game was played without any incident, no intentional plunking, no bases clearing, it’s a clean game.
The Toronto Blue Jays went three of four games from that, then the retaliation waited until the two clubs met again in Texas.
Overall, the Texas Rangers went on to win the game series 7-6 (box score). It was the final meeting between the two MLB clubs and both sides had a lot to say after their game. Blue Jays’ John Gibbons called the Rangers “gutless” waiting for Bautista’s final at-bat in their final meeting to deliver the retaliatory hit-by-pitch.
The brawl was, by far, the biggest benches-clearing incident in baseball history and it involved so many Major League games.
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