— Robert Flores (@RoFlo) April 12, 2018
Were you worried the rivalry was dead? The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox rivalry is just heating up again in tonight’s contest.
People can always complain about pace of play but if they ever declare that baseball is boring, show them this New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game.
Two young managers, two young teams and a whole lot of bad blood has revitalized this stale rivalry. Welcome to the rivalry, boys. It’s just getting started.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, you know that a massive brawl broke out between the two AL East opponents. While it wasn’t quite to the caliber of Nolan Arenado’s mound charge this afternoon, it was pretty incredible.
For the backstory, earlier in the game Tyler Austin went in hard to second base, cleating shortstop Brock Holt on the way past second. Words were exchanged and the benches cleared in anticipation of a fight that never really happened.
That is, until reliever Joe Kelly threw up and in, hitting Austin in the top of the seventh inning, igniting the brawl. Austin slammed his bat on the ground and it was ON!
Obviously we’ll take more time to dissect exactly what happened during the brawl because, honestly, that is the best part of it all. However, you could see that Austin charged Kelly, both threw punches and Aaron Judge had Joe Kelly in a headlock.
I mean, what makes you think it’s a good idea to mess with the Yankees? They have monsters Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, a terrifying Gary Sanchez, an equally terrifying Brett Gardner (when he’s angry), Sonny Gray (the pusher of the pile) and CC Sabathia, who still managed to be a part of the scrum despite the hefty fine coming his way.
You don’t want to mess with that, Mr. Kelly.
If anything, this just proves that the rivalry is far from dead. No, it is been revived and these players are ready to go for it. Watch out, Boston, you’ve awoken a pretty angry young lineup. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.