It never happens - almost as frequently as a punch landing flush on a guy’s face - but the Texas Rangers/Toronto Blue Jays fight is NOT the top sports story in Toronto on Monday morning because of basketball.
If the Toronto Maple Leafs were worth a bleep this would not be an issue but the Toronto Raptors have created a large shadow over all of Eastern Canada. The Raptors are in the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals for the first time, where they will lose to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
That town is so starved for a winner they are supporting a sport they can’t play. Sorry, Steve Nash and Andrew Wiggins, but Canada also produced Anthony Bennett and Bill Wennington.
The Raptors’ success is the reason Rangers’ second baseman Rougned Odor’s knockout punch of Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista on Sunday is NOT the biggest deal in Toronto.
My take - if Odor is taking exception to the obvious late and hard slide by Bautista, fine. If Odor is taking exception to Joey Bats’ bat toss in Game 5 of the Blue Jays/Rangers ALDS series from last year - stupid. Players should be allowed to celebrate without fear of retribution.
If a player is needlessly going after another player and could hurt him, then it’s time to take the law into your own hands.
So while Toronto was relatively quiet about this, Twitter ... Twitter had a ball with the brawl:
This from Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman, who was not at the game on Sunday but rather was at Duke University where he earned his undergraduate degree chimed in:
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who is a must Twitter follow, had a response:
Former big league outfielder Torii Hunter:
Former big league pitcher Dallas Braden:
Former Texas Rangers outfielder/big mouth Jose Canseco with this winner:
And from former big league pitcher Jeremy Guthrie:
Local UFC fighter Johny Hendricks:
And a couple of funny randoms ...