The Blue Jays tried to play schoolyard bully Monday night, but the Yankees threw the knockout punch and won in come from behind fashion 7-5.
It all started in the first inning when Yankee starter Luis Severino struggling with control plunked Josh Donaldson on the elbow. Donaldson said nothing and ran down to first base. It was clear it wasn’t intentional as Severino walked 2 batters later in the inning. The usually arrogant and flamboyant Jays weren’t happy because Jose Bautista got hit in the back in Friday’s game, and Marcus Stroman got into a jawing contest with the Yankees on Saturday. So how did the Jays respond? In typical Toronto fashion. J.A. Happ threw at Chase Headley not once, but twice. The first pitch missed behind his legs, and the second got him right in the hip. Home plate umpire Todd Tichenor finally realized what was happening and warned both benches. Joe Girardi came out of the dugout and argued Happ should have been ejected because hey, he threw at Headley twice, but no luck. Tichenor ejected Girardi and the benches cleared, albeit briefly. Even by baseball standards, that brawl was nothing.
That wasn’t the end of it. In the top of the second, Severino came out and stood up for his teammate. His first pitch of the inning was behind Justin Smoak’s legs, and his second was in Smoak’s calf. Tichenor ejected Severino after the second pitch, but by then all hell was breaking loose. Smoak started to walk about towards the mound and Severino basically told him to bring it on. CC Sabathia stormed out of his dugout on his one good knee and was right in the middle of the fracas locking up with Donaldson. You can’t see it in that clip, but YES showed another replay angle later in the game where Sabathia was basically laughing in Donaldson’s face. Possibly at his stupid haircut. Martin tried to get at Gary Sanchez, but others intervened. There was a lot of shoving and yelling. The loudest mouths were of course Donaldson and Bautista, who else!
So, after all of that, the Yankees were down their manager, their starter, their bench coach, and their pitching coaching. Robbie Thomson and Larry Rothschild were ejected in addition to Severino. No one on the Blue Jays was ejected, hilariously. The umpires simply did a terrible job. Happ should have been ejected after hitting Headley. Maybe the umps were intimated by the Jays and their crowd.
We go to the eighth inning and it’s 3-2 Toronto, with Mark Texiera at the plate. Next thing you know Tex launches one deep to right. Teixeira watched his leave the park and then flipped his bat high in the air before settling into cruise control around the bases. He went back to the dugout jawing at Blue Jays, who apparently had a problem with something one of their leaders, Jose Bautista, has made his trademark. What goes around comes around.
Without going into anymore detail, Arron Hicks hit one in the ninth along with a few singles and the Yankees took a 4 run lead. Delin Betances continued his meltdown giving up 2 runs, walking 2 and hitting a batter, but reliever Tommy Lanye came in with the bases loaded and got the save.
It’s ok when a Blue Jay shows up a team, but it’s not ok when it’s done to them. The Blue Jays are a bunch of talented but immature bullies. It’s about time team’s start pushing back. First it was the Rangers and last night it was the Yankees. F**k You Toronto!
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