As a boxing and MMA fan, it’s hard not to appreciate the clean power punch Rudy Odor landed on José Bautista in last night’s game between the Rangers and the Blue Jays.
The punch led to an all-out brawl between the teams, perhaps fueled by the rivalry generated during last season’s Division Series post-season games, which the Jays took 3-2. Despite the spectacle, one can’t ignore the shameful aspect of this kind of violence in professional sports. Needless to say, fans had a lot of opinions, ranging from excitement to flat-out disappointment.
It all began with a hard slide into second base by José Bautista.
In case if you missed the Cotto/Khan fight https://t.co/h6Kt77RHGb
— FCGX (@ItsGhostGX) May 15, 2016
Odor didn’t hesitate to show how little he appreciated Bautista’s injury-inducing slide (which Odor was able to evade.)
That's right Bautista, don't mess with America lol pic.twitter.com/svbU3OjerJ
— CALEB (@CalebHarrison97) May 16, 2016
Even Crying Jordan was summoned to the free-for-all:
Pretty rough day for Jose Bautista pic.twitter.com/J9HhA7GHUe
— Jimmy Donofrio (@JimmyDonofrio) May 15, 2016
Given Saúl Canelo Alvarez’s spectacular one-punch knockout of Amir Khan last week, comparisons to boxing were to be expected:
Bautista getting caught with that overhand right clearly shows he didn't watch Canelo-Khan.
— Kyle R. Thomas (@kyleiswriting) May 16, 2016
ODOR GETS THE WINNER OF CANELO VS. GGG! LET'S MAKE IT HAPPEN
— Ari (@ARosenfeldDVHR) May 15, 2016
— Judy Franks (@judyfranks) May 15, 2016
It's a shame that the Blue Jays and Rangers won't play again until at least October :>
— Hey (@purplephoton_) May 16, 2016
No me canso de ver el PUTAZO de Odor a Bautista
— Julio (@JulioJimenezV) May 15, 2016
This one also seemed pretty obvious:
This is my best work, it doesn't get any better from here https://t.co/oKaN07y5QL
— paco (@AllaireMatt) May 16, 2016
And the winner is?
The real losers of this Bautista/Odor fight is people who enjoyed that Batman/Robin meme. It's been replaced pic.twitter.com/l5RfnCyjO9
— Seth Yates (@SethayatesDFS) May 16, 2016
Of course, many of the opinions were based on who fans supported:
Sorry pero no se la doy a Odor. Bautista ni lo tumbó! Sooo no había razón para salir con esa cafrería de darle un puño en la cara.
— Fab. (@fmcc93) May 16, 2016
The Texas Rangers can actually go fuck themselves. That's not baseball. Assholes. #BlueJays
— Dean Rivando (@drivandalism) May 15, 2016
Even Chivas and America made a cameo appearance:
¿Cómo va su pinche clásico? Si no se han armado los madrazos como en el partido de baseball de Rangers vs Blue Jays no me interesa
— Sour Candy (@CandyBabyCat) May 16, 2016
It is unclear yet how the MLB will sanction teams and players, but it will definitely happen.
In honor of the great baseball punch landed on that idiot Bautista, lets re-live this face mashing… lol pic.twitter.com/8TTha0yg5j
— Zenyatta John (@Pick4win) May 16, 2016