I saw the events that lead to the bench-clearing brawl during last night’s Toronto Blue Jays/Texas Rangers game.
Now I’m a Blue Jays fan, so I’ll try my best not to be too biased here. Based on what I saw, I saw a team that has no balls and waited until the last possible moment to get revenge on Jose for his bat flip during Game 5 of their ALDS matchup back in October. If you had any amount of guts and/or balls, why didn’t you nail him in Game 1 of the season in Toronto? But no, you decided to wait until has final at-bat in the final game you’ll face off all season. Cowardly.
After Bush drilled Bautista, I think everything that happened was fine and understandable. Jose was pissed that they waited till the very end to drill him, so he decided he wasn’t letting them leave with the last laugh, hence the super-aggressive slide into second on Odor. Then of course Odor’s pissed off cause he nearly got seriously injured, so he took offense to that and ended up drilling Jose with a punch that normally in MMA would knock a motherfucker out, so give Jose credit for staying up on his feet after that shot.
However, after all that I still have a common thought, regardless of what side I’m on with this brawl: I am so sick and tired of professional athletes getting all up in a tizzy over the “sanctity of the game”.
When Jose Bautista did his infamous bat flip in Game 5 of the ALDS, so many players, sports personalities, writers, everyone talked about how unprofessional Jose was and how it’s “ruining” baseball and the sanctity of the game. All I have to say in response to that, is grow the fuck up, especially if you’re a player saying this. You’re making millions of dollars playing a game, grow the fuck up, stop acting like a child by going “I don’t like that!” at something that you deem as unprofessional. And then when someone or an entire team retaliates to that very thing, it doesn’t exactly make you look much better, in fact you’re no longer the “bigger man” in all this. You’re now on Jose’s level, if that’s how you felt about him after the bat flip.
I’m so sick and tired of sports being treated like it’s a wealthy family’s fancy dinner party. You show up in a suit (one thing I despise about hockey, I think it’s a dumb “tradition”), you’re polite, you behave in a professional manner, all that shit. This isn’t a fucking ball like a dance, this is baseball, or maybe football, basketball, hockey, it’s a sport. Do the majority of fans who attend games treat it like a professional, business-class outing? No! They treat it like a fun, rowdy source of entertainment.
It’s all about the bullshit old man’s tradition that they smack into these players when they’re young and not jaded yet. Honestly, I really don’t understand this idea that you show up like you’re about to attend a business conference with the major stockholders of a company and then change into a jersey, striped socks, tons of armor (aka pads) and in the case of hockey, skates as you get ready to go out and play a game where you shoot a piece of rubber into a net while constantly hitting people and once in a while getting into a fight. I’m sorry Don Cherry, I love ya, but I’m 100% on the other side of the fence on this, I don’t care about the young kids looking good and professional in their suits. I’m a sports fan, not a businessman.
Going back to the baseball brawl, the same is true about the bat flip. Who gives a fuck if Jose did that, it was a great moment of pure emotions. Would have I been pissed if that happened with a Texas player instead? Technically no, I would’ve been pissed that we gave up the lead, not because he flipped the bat. These “professionals” need to fucking get over themselves and realize that there’s nothing all that professional about playing a sport, it’s only professional in name.
As a fan, I want to see those emotional moments. You can say whatever you want about the bat flip and the brawl seven months later, but you can’t deny it was entertaining. I want to see teams hate each other, I want to see players celebrate over-the-top, so long as it doesn’t delay the game. Most of all, I want these players to look like they’re having fun playing the sport they love. They’re getting paid a fuck-ton of money to do it too, they have little to no reason to be pissed off about anything.
So quit it with the professional bullshit in sports. It’s hard to find a reason to take you seriously when your sport also relies on alcohol as a major sponsor. Because being drunk is so professional.