In what was probably one of the most pathetic excuses for the benches to clear, that's exactly what happened between the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.
In the bottom of the first inning Blue Jays' third basemen, Josh Donaldson, took a barely noticeable knick on his heavily guarded elbow pad. Yankees Luis Severino was making a spot start and was clearly all over the place to start the game. No big deal right? Wrong.
Next up was J.A. Happ pitching to Chase Headley. Happ threw behind Headley (clearly intentional) and then hit him in the leg. Benches cleared as big tough guy Josh Donaldson led the charge. After this happened Yankees' manager Joe Girardi was irate that Happ didn't get ejected. You could clearly tell that Happ threw on purpose and the home plate umpire had the right to throw him out as they don't have to warn them. Girardi left the dugout and next inning came around. This is there Severino retaliated (absolutely in his right to do so) by hitting Justin Smoak in the leg.
Now I understand both teams are still in the hunt for the playoffs but if you can't tell by the videos, the Blue Jays overreacted like no other. After the game Happ was interviewed and claimed he didn't intentionally hit Headley and we are calling BS on that one.
Take a look at the video and I want you to try and defend the Blue Jays actions, because regardless of your argument, you'll be wrong in saying they were innocent. The icing on the cake was the Yankees would go on to score 5 runs in the top of the 9th to down Toronto. There were 2 mammoth HRs from Mark Teixiera and one incredible bat flip by Tex who never shows up anyone. You could tell the Yankees were fired up, and rightly so, and Tex showed that emotion as this was quite possibly his last home game as he's retiring at the end of the season. Watch the video below to hear his comments about the flip:
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