As Tom Hanks famously said in the movie A League Of Their Own, “There’s no crying in baseball.”
But there sure is fighting and it feels like a lot more of it.
Weeks after Rangers infielder Rougned Odor slugged Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista during a benches clearing melee in Texas, we saw more fireworks last night.
This time it was in Baltimore, when Kansas City Royals starter Yordano Ventura hit Orioles star Manny Machado in the back with a pitch in the 5th inning.
The two players had exchanged words two innings earlier, but this time went toe-to-toe.
Is it just me, or are baseball players nowadays too sensitive?
Pitchers have hit batters for decades.
Some batters will take exception from time to time, but it seems like it is happening a lot more often in the last few years.
Help me out here… is it society, or peer pressure?
What’s going on?
I get it, players want to defend themselves and stick up for their teammates.
But as far as I’m concerned, when you get hit, take your base, shut your mouth, and try to get back at the pitcher the next time up.