Red Sox-Blue Jays benches-clearing ‘incident’ was a joke to Yankees fans


What a Wednesday it was. The New York Yankees swept the Oakland A’s. The Tampa Bay Rays got swept by the Milwaukee Brewers. And the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox fought like a bunch of babies in a game that went into extras. Fast forward to the weekend, please!

The only disappointing aspect of it all is that Boston went up to Toronto missing a number of key players due to Canada’s vaccination mandate and somehow escaped with a series-ending victory. Thanks, Blue Jays!

Anyway, it was fun to watch both teams unnecessarily lose their cool and embarrass themselves over absolutely nothing. Back in the day, if you ever even dreamed of starting a benches-clearing incident over something like this, you’d be taken out back for a swift beating.

But leave it to Jays manager Charlie Montoyo, who whines about everything, and Red Sox pitcher Nick Pivetta, who loses his cool if someone breathes in his personal space, to manufacture drama.

Yankees fans are all too familiar with this. Montoyo has five times too many burst out of the dugout to complain about nonsense, and Pivetta threw one of his patented childish temper tantrums on the mound just a few months ago when Giancarlo Stanton took him into the seats.

Put these guys together and you have yourself a Fisher Price Benches-Clearing Brawl, courtesy of Toys “R” Us.

Yankees fans are laughing at the Sox-Jays benches-clearing “brawl”

Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk got hit in the arm by a Pivetta offering in the bottom of the third and Montoyo wasted no time rushing onto the field to further involve the umps in the matter. Pivetta started jawing, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. took exception, and the benches cleared … but nothing happened.

No batters were hit the previous night, but on Monday both Kirk and Cavan Biggio were plunked … but only because the Red Sox were carrying a bullpen of scabs since Tanner Houck couldn’t make the trip to Toronto and Garrett Whitlock is on the IL.

Contrived drama. Classic stuff from two baby teams who always look for a narrative to start “something.”

Then, in the sixth inning, Alex Verdugo took Alek Manoah deep for a two-run go-ahead blast. The slugger rounded the bases at his leisure and then stared down the Jays’ dugout, but nothing came of it.

If anything, don’t you think that should’ve had tempers flaring?!

We guess this is what happens between teams who trail the division lead by 13+ games. The Yankees are sitting atop the AL East (and baseball) watching those desperate to make up ground beat one another up.

The long Fourth of July weekend is already here, folks.