Somewhere, Jose Bautista and the Texas Rangers are pointing and laughing.
Much like the incidents that saw the Toronto Blue Jays slugger get beaned by Matt Bush and then punched in the face by Rangers infielder Rougned Odur last summer, Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Edubray Ramos knows how to hold a grudge.
During Monday night’s game against the Mets in New York, Ramos entered a tied game in the eighth inning and and proceeded to hurl a 96 mph fastball in the general direction of Asdrubal Cabrera’s noggin. Cabrera immediately had words for Ramos, and both benched were immediately warned by home plate umpire Alan Porter.
The broadcast team couldn’t figure out where all the bad blood was stemming from, considering the season is only eight days old. Then someone reminded of this moment from last fall, when Cabrera hit a walk-off three run homerun to help keep the Mets in the playoff hunt. He punctuated the blast with an impressive bat toss, which as we all know if strictly against the unwritten rules of baseball. It was a huge moment for the Mets’ season, but it also happened to be Ramos’ first Major League save attempt — which was obviously a blown one.
Ramos throws one over Asdrubal Cabrera's head. Think they have some history? pic.twitter.com/POgnELT4pC
— Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) April 11, 2017
After the game, Ramos insisted he didn’t do it on purpose.
“The pitch got away from me. I didn’t try to hit him. It was a tie game so I was just trying to execute my pitches.”
Either way, his outing didn’t go as planned. Jay Bruce would homer in the same inning (after Ramos was pulled) and the Mets would win 4-3.