David Ortiz contributed a three-run homer in the Boston Red Sox's eight-run first inning on Friday night, but what Baltimore Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg took offense to was Big Papi's lack of hustle to first on a popout in the eighth.
Gregg made his feelings known — shouting something to Ortiz, who had started down the first-base line but quickly changed direction and charged toward the mound. Moments before, Ortiz had started toward the mound after taking back-to-back inside pitches from Gregg. Both team's benches and bullpens emptied, but no one made a move to get physical.
Following Gregg's exchange with Ortiz, though, things ... got physical.
As the Orioles pitcher would later say:
"I think you show them that we're not backing down. We're not scared of them — them and their $180 million payroll."
Why does it always have to be about money?
Meanwhile, the Fenway Faithful — as they are wont to do — reacted like they were watching a gladiator match at the Coliseum, egging the brawl on with chants of "Pa-pi! Pa-pi!"
It took more than 15 minutes to restore order and sort out the ejections. Gregg and Ortiz were tossed, as well as Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Baltimore reliever Jim Johnson.
See all the action for yourself below. For those who were otherwise unaware, "This is what happens when you go to a Red Sox Vs. Orioles game" (10-time exclamation point).
Indeed, Red Sox/Orioles ... always a regular Fight Club.
Image via The Boston Herald
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