The Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry is as heated as it has ever been following last night’s bench clearing brawl at Fenway Park.
The brawl was sparked by Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly throwing inside to yankees designated hitter Tyler Austin, which was followed by a fastball two pitches later that drilled Austin in the elbow. Austin then proceeded to slam his back, crack it and then charge the mound.
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In less than 10 seconds, all hell broke loose; benches were cleared, each team’s bullpen was in on the fight and Austin and Kelly each exchanged their fair share of punches. Both of them were immediately ejected along with Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin.
The motivation behind throwing at Austin was due to him sliding cleats up into Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt. The slide was late, but in the path of the base path, but Holt clearly was making no attempt to convert the double play.
“He overslid,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said of Austin, “and his spikes were up.”
When asked if this tension would carry over into Thursday’s series finale, Giancarlo Stanton said “Shoot, tomorrow and the rest of the season, I bet. Strap up, it’ll be a good one.”
This is a part an integral part of the unwritten rules of baseball. While last night sparked a lot of attention, I’m sure this will not be the end of it as the season is young.