The beauty of the social media world is that reaction is instantaneous and all over the place.
More than four hours after the brawl at the ballpark happened, the phrase Odor was still one of the top-trending topics in the Metroplex.
Texas second baseman Rougned Odor’s right cross to Jose Bautista’s face in the eighth inning of Sunday’s 7-6 Rangers’ win over Toronto drew all kinds of reaction in all forms of social media.
There was the pro-Odor camp, like this sense-deleted tweet from former Rangers pitcher Daniel McCutchen: “On behalf of former and current MLB players, I would like to thank Rougned Odor for that beautiful punch.”
Of course, there was also the anti-Odor camp, including a tweet from Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman: Zero respect for Odor. Never had respect for him, never will to the undecided tweet from the now-retired Torii Hunter: That punch from Odor to @JoeyBats19, wow..... Rule change or heated rivals from last years playoffs??
But at least one thing everyone can agree on was that Odor’s punch made contact, as Rangers spring training camper Jeremy Guthrie best put it. Cleanest punch I’ve ever seen landed in the big leagues.
And while Odor may have his detractors, he also has fans. Saturday was the Rougned Odor bobblehead giveaway. In the hours after the game ended, the bobbleheads were selling for more than $40 with others drawing bids of more than $50.
While no decision has been made yet whether or not a fine or suspension is coming Odor’s way, Texas fans have also come to his defense there too. Five Go Fund Me accounts have been set up to raise money for a possible fine for Odor.
And while none has raised more than $40, one of them is based out of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.