Baseball's unwritten rules are once again under fire after an ugly brawl between the Rangers and Blue Jays
The benches and bullpens cleared in the 8th inning of the Rangers and Blue Jays game on Sunday afternoon after a hard Joey Bautista slide into second base led to good, old-fashioned base-brawl.
Before players from either team could intervene, Rangers second-baseman Rougned Odor landed a hard punch square in Bautista's cheek, knocking off his helmet and sunglasses.The Jays and Rangers, remember, met in last season's playoffs, during which Bautista unleashed the most controversial bat flip in MLB history. Sunday's game marked the final meeting between the two teams this season, and when Bautista came to the plate in the 8th he was promptly beaned in the ribs by rookie pitcher Matt Bush.
On the next play, as the Rangers tried to turn a double-play, Bautista flew into second base with a late slide. Odor and Bautista came together, which was a big mistake for Bautista:
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 (@gregorMLB) May 15, 2016