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After Nasty Weekend Series, the A’s and Royals Officially Hate Each Other (Videos)
No matter where the A’s and Royals are in the standings when their next series commences on June 26, it’s going to be must-see baseball. After everything that went down this weekend in Kansas City, these teams now officially hate each other.
It all started on Friday night when this overly aggressive slide by Oakland third baseman Brett Lawrie left Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar with a sprained knee:
I love a good hard slide to break up a double play as much as the next guy, but Lawrie clearly went over the line on that play. So on Saturday, after Royals starter Yordano Ventura gave up five runs to the A’s in the top of the 4th but remained in the game to face Brett Lawrie, nobody was surprised when this happened:
Despite what the ridiculous Kansas City announcers said, the umpire was absolutely right to eject Ventura immediately without warning. Everybody knew he was left in to exact revenge. And to be perfectly honest, it was pretty awesome.
But that wasn’t the end of the hostilities. On Sunday, A’s starter Scott Kazmir hit Lorenzo Cain on the foot in the bottom of the first. And after Kazmir did not get ejected, Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland and manager Ned Yost both did.
Then, in the top of the 8th, Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera threw a shoulder-high 100mph fastball behind the back of Brett Lawrie. That got him ejected immediately. And when Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu gave the umpire a piece of his mind, he got ejected too, bringing the total number of Royals ejected to five.
Check it out, and enjoy the moral indignation of the Oakland announcers:
In case you’re wondering, Herrera says he was not threatening to hit Lawrie in the head next time as he walked off the field. He insists he was just trying to say “think about it.”
As for Lawrie, he says he texted a long apology to Alcides Escobar after Friday night’s game, and that Escobar wasn’t having it. But Escobar? He denies he ever got a text from Lawrie.
So yeah, if you still have an actual calendar made of paper in your home or office, go ahead and circle June 26. The next Athletics-Royals series is going to be great.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]