The Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers just couldn’t take not being in the limelight. After all the offseason debates on whether Jose Bautista’s bat-flip in Game 5 of the ALDS was acceptable, baseball fans everywhere were psyched to see if any retaliation would take place from the Rangers and reliever Sam Dyson. But six games passed and nothing happened. Everyone was ready to move on and continue talking about how great the Cubs are this year.
Of course, the Jays and Rangers had seven games on the schedule this year. And boy was number seven something else. It just went to show, however much we claim to love a given sport, we can’t help but enjoy when a little boxing gets mixed in as well. The Rougned Odor right-hand bomb that knocked Bautista’s helmet clear off would have made Don King smile.
This will no doubt be a “base-brawl” that’s shown in the countdowns for years to come. Not just for MLB, but sports in general. The only question blood-thirsty fans have now is, when will we get another? Well, the Jays and Rangers won’t see each other again in 2016 (barring a playoff rematch). But surely there will be more scraps in baseball before the year is done.
So we’ve gone ahead and set the odds for where the next hay-makers in non-contact sports will come from.
Odds on Rougned Odor fighting in a game again (career): 1/1
Odds on Jose Bautista fighting in a game again (career): 3/1
Odds on Odor and Bautista ever fighting each other again: 11/2
Odds on the next athlete to be punched in the face during a game/competition (in a non-contact sport):
Odds on the next athlete to do the punching (in a non-contact sport):
Odds on the next MLB teams to brawl with each other:
A lot of teams were thrilled to see Bautista get socked in the face: the Blue Jays have no shortage of enemies. But we’re still a few weeks away from a tangle with some of their least favorite teams, and in the meantime a good ol’ donnybrook could breakout in some of baseball’s other fierce rivalries.
(Photo credit: Keith Allison (Originally uploaded to Flickr)[https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/])
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