Royal Rumble in Arlington!

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The bad blood that has been building for months between the Blue Jays and Rangers spilled over into an ugly benches-clearing fracas in Texas’ 7-6 victory at Globe Life Park on Sunday afternoon.

There were eight ejections in a game that saw the dugouts emptied twice in the eighth inning. The ill feelings date back to Game 5 of last year’s American League Division Series, when Jose Bautista did his memorable bat flip that rubbed some Rangers players the wrong way.

Toronto and Texas met for the seventh and final time of the regular season Sunday. Everything seemed fine until the eighth inning, when right-hander Matt Bush hit Bautista with a pitch and everything escalated from there.-MLB

So I totally missed this because I was watching the Raptors beat the Heat to make it to the East finals (#RTZ, #WeTheNorth, etc.).  Holy cow what I missed!

 

Watching the video over and over again, I feel that Bautista was shocked that Odor actually threw a punch because most of the time guys just trash talk each other, until the benches empty and their teammates hold them back, while they continue jawing at each other. This time it was different. Once the benches cleared, everyone got involved.

 

MLB player, Elliot Johnson weighed in on the incident

I did not realize that it looked like Odor was throwing at Bautista’s face until I read Johnson’s tweets, something a lot of other people did not realize either.

 

Eric Byrnes shared a similar opinion

I am not going to lecture you on baseball because quite frankly, I do not know too much about sport. Maybe Odor missing Bautista with that throw is better for the Blue Jays. If Odor connected with Jose (on the throw), the MLB would have a tough time proving that it was done on purpose, whereas, the punch was clear and Odor will receive a suspension.

 

Most Toronto fans, players, media are saying that this was a “cowardly” act, or even “gutless” because Texas waited until Jose’s final at-bat to do it. If you ask me, this is what Texas had planned the entire time.  Why do it in the first or second game, when you know you still have to play the team once or twice more? If Texas thinks that the bad blood will boil over before their next meeting, they are sorely mistaken.

 

There are no more match-ups between the two teams this season, so we will have to wait until 2017 to see what happens.

 

A nasty slide from Odor

Next seasons meetings should be fun!

Author: Ogi

Ogi is a graduate of Humber College’s Sport Management program. He is the founder of Blago Blogger Sports.

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