Yankees, Red Sox, and Charging the Mound

Does anyone else feel like charging the mound?

Tonight and tomorrow mark the fifth and sixth games between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox this season. After last night’s nail-biter, the two teams are tied for the best record in all of Major League Baseball. I think we’re all wondering what the new boiling point is. We may see more benches being cleared, but to what end?

During the previous series, Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin slid into second base. Except, in the eyes some, including the Red Sox, Austin slid with his spikes up. His next turn at the plate, Austin was hit by a 98 mph fastball in the back.

Not only did Kelly intentionally hit Austin with the pitch—which he obviously denied—he also told Austin to “bring it!”

When asked about his actions, Austin said “I’m just trying to defend myself. That’s all that was. … I felt like it was intentional and I didn’t want to let anybody push myself around or do anything like that. That’s why I went out there.”

On its Twitter feed, Barstool Sports posted this video.

It’s reasonable to wonder whether that batter really felt the need to “charge” the mound. Was he trying to be like the pros? Barstool Sports got some context and we learn the video only shows the second time that pitcher intentionally threw at that batter. Even then, the rivalry between the two players goes far beyond baseball. Here’s the real story.

The question still remains, is a ballpark really the best place to settle your differences? In a world of Twitter fights and social media shaming, are we not a little proud of guys willing to stick up for themselves and defend their teammates?

You want to know the real issue for me? Austin suffered a four-game suspension from MLB for inciting the fight. Here’s a guy who has been absolutely solid in his efforts to help his team and to secure the number-one spot as the Yankees first baseman. During the time Austin carried out his sentence, Neil Walker stepped up and proved he, too, has something to offer.

Maybe the question shouldn’t be whether it’s right, or wrong. Maybe the question should be, is it worth it, or not?

What are your thoughts? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

As for me and my house, we will watch baseball.

Photo by Brigham Berthold

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