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A Basebrawl Broke Out At the Sox-Royals Game Last Night

By Jim Bochnowski in News on Apr 24, 2015 5:45PM

Photo: Jon Durr for Getty Images Sport

Things got heated during last night's White Sox game against the Kansas City Royals. After Sox star Jose Abreu was plunked in the arm in the 4th inning by KC pitcher Yordano Ventura, Chicago pitcher Chris Sale responded by hitting Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas one inning later. With tensions already sky high, things took a turn for the worse in the 7th inning when Sox outfielder Adam Eaton hit a sharp ground ball to Ventura, who very visibly yelled a very bad word at Eaton as he was running to first base. And then, well, all hell broke loose.

A few things to point out about this basebrawl:

1) Hawk Harrelson, of course, loved it.

2) I applaud the brave editors at Comcast Sports Net who had to censor every single instance of swearing in a very short clip (There were a lot!)

3) Most of the time, baseball fights just involve giant groups of people standing around, awkwardly yelling at each other. But not for Jeff Samardzija! For a pitcher who has certainly proven his value as a starter this year, the addition of being a teammate who will foolishly run across a crowd to pummel a person who insulted you is really incalculable.

4) Between Chris Sale and Samardzija, the White Sox at least have the two craziest starting pitchers in baseball, which surely has to count for something.

5) I always feel bad for the handful of umpires who have to attempt to do crowd control while two teams are milling about on the baseball diamond.

After the dust settled, Sale and Samardzija were ejected from the game on the White Sox side and Lorenzo Cain and Edison Volquez were tossed for the Royals. Suspensions for all those involved are more than likely forthcoming.

Oh, and the Royals went on to win the game by a score of 3 to 2 in extra innings, in case you were wondering.