For a great many Americans, the game of baseball itself is sacred. This is even more true for those who’ve spent their life chasing the dream of one day participating in the national pastime professionally.
We say that baseball is as American as apple pie. It’s as patriotic as the Fourth of July. It is a game that has transcended sports and made itself ubiquitous in the culture of our nation, and, to a great extent, the world as well.
That’s why so many fans and players are downright furious with the Houston Astros, who were last years discovered to have cheated during their ultra-successful 2017 season, in which they went on to win the World Series.
The MLB has taken a soft approach to the scandal, which has further angered players who have been out for revenge thus far in 2020.
This weekend was no exception.
The moment came in the bottom of the 7th inning on Sunday, after Oakland A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano was angered after getting hit by a pitch.
According to Larry Brown Sports, “…Laureano was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game. Though the pitch looked to be a breaking ball, Laureano exchanged words with pitcher Humberto Castellanos. The Oakland outfielder then got into it with the Houston dugout before charging and clearing the benches.”
Video of the scrap was soon circulating on social media.
Laureano was getting into it with Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron pic.twitter.com/fM0svxLlZ7
— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) August 9, 2020
In an abnormal 2020 season, one has to imagine that this will be the new norm for the Astros.
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