While Kirk was clearly not happy to be hit the pitch, nothing immediately materialized. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo came out to check on Kirk but in the process, some words were exchanged. From there, Pivetta began arguing with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on Toronto’s bench. Shortly thereafter, both benches cleared.
Nick Pivetta hit Alejandro Kirk on an inside pitch and Vladdy was not happy about it 😳 pic.twitter.com/qtzI1JsYeR
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 30, 2022
The benches clearing drew a big reaction from baseball fans, albeit with divided opinions.
— Sportsnet 960 (@Sportsnet960) June 30, 2022
Vladdy bout that action I like this energy lmao https://t.co/ciww56QJI9
— Art Vandelay (@DreDay416_) June 30, 2022
I NEVER want to see Vladdy angry again. 😡 https://t.co/7A3Rjm7XTh
— ouiser boudreaux ✨🌸🌺 (@ItsKrisRose) June 30, 2022
— Tristan Graham (@tristangraham03) June 30, 2022
This Jays team is so dramatic and extra and unlikeable. https://t.co/6isTf8RV61
— Zach Antonucci (@ZAntonucci) June 30, 2022
Pivetta clearly didn’t do it on purpose. Calm down Jays. If this had happened in Boston you wouldn’t see this type of drama. Blue Jays trying to act tough for the home crowd. #RedSox #dirtywater https://t.co/Z9jjs9KvU0
— 𝕄 ♪ 𝕁 🪴 (@JasperJay40) June 30, 2022
— Eric Rosenhek (@TheHek) June 30, 2022
After seeing the inside of a bridal shop, this is nothing to me. https://t.co/HPt3Vcio8V
— Julia Kreuz (@juliackreuz) June 30, 2022
In the end, this was much ado about nothing. With the possible exception of Guerrero, it didn’t seem like anyone really wanted to fight. And frankly, given what happened to Archie Bradley during the fight between the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners, that’s a good thing.
The bigger issue here is what will happen going forward. Not only did this incident take place early in a game but since they are both American League East teams, the Red Sox and Blue Jays are going to see a lot of each other going forward.
For now, we can just put a pin in this incident. There’s a decent chance that it will be revisited at some point.