Let’s jump right into it.
First, Yordano Ventura is a punk. He’s a clown, wearing a baseball uniform. Before the Thursday night melee at U.S. Cellular Field, the Kansas City Royals pitcher was ejected from his Saturday start after plunking Oakland’s Brett Lawrie. And before that, he tried to start a fight with Mike Trout.
The White Sox and Royals rivalry has been heated for a long time. So far in this early season it’s been no different. Both teams played each other to start the year in Kansas City, where the Royals swept the White Sox. In the three games, six batters were hit.
Although the benches-clearing fight started after a grounder was hit to Ventura by Adam Eaton, the tension in Thursday’s game started way earlier. In the fourth inning, Ventura hit Jose Abreu and then in the fifth inning, White Sox starter Chris Sale hit Mike Moustakas.
And then this happened, which sparked the brawl.
And then all hell broke loose.
Jeff Samardzija was pissed off and he was pissed off at one man, Lorenzo Cain. This feud began on Opening Day, when Samardzija hit Cain following a home run by Moustakas. Cain wasn’t happy and words were exchanged on the field. Here’s that play if you need a refresher.
Anyway, back to Thursday. As usual in every baseball brawl, there was a lot of pushing and not a lot of anything else. Maybe a punch or two landed somewhere in the big pile. By the end of it five players were ejected, including Edinson Volquez who took a wild swing at Samardzija. Sale was tossed along with Samardzija for the White Sox, while Edinson, Ventura and Cain were ejected for the Royals.
Here’s the entire brawl.
Oh, by the way there was also a game. It didn’t go so well for the White Sox. They lost 3-2 in 13 innings. The Royals are now 4-0 against the Sox this season. Overall, it was an awful night on the South Side. They lost and wasted a Sale start, blew a couple chances to win late in the game and got into a brawl that should lead to at least a suspension on Samardzija if not on Sale too.
All of this and pitching coach Don Cooper called out White Sox fans Thursday morning. What a day and that’s only the White Sox.
Let’s talk some Bulls.