The bad blood is back in baseball’s most intense rivalry.
The benches cleared twice in Wednesday night’s game at Fenway Park between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, and Yankees designated hitter Tyler Austin was in the middle of everything.
During the second incident in New York’s 10-7 win, in which Austin was hit by a pitch, there were punches and pushes.
“Once I got hit, it was going to happen,” Austin said.
“It” being the second of Wednesday’s bench-clearing dust-ups, a brawl that added to the litany of fights that have occurred throughout the storied rivalry. This particular brawl included towering Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hauling a Red Sox pitcher off the field in a headlock, Austin connecting with a punch on a Red Sox assistant coach and the two teams expressing contradictory feelings as to what precipitated the events in question.
Once the fight was over, even one former Red Sox-Yankees brawl participant, Pedro Martinez, chimed in on the incident on Twitter.
The bad blood is back, and it has people buzzing.
You thought that was it. . .
Earlier in the day the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres decided to throw down.