Jun 29, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (11) is held back by third base umpire Nick Mahrley (48) after the benches clear against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

Just three days after two division rivals got into a full-fledged brawl, two others nearly followed down the same path in Wednesday’s game between the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays.

Boston’s Nick Pivetta hit Toronto’s Alejandro Kirk with a pitch in the bottom of the third inning.

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.

The benches clearing drew a big reaction from baseball fans, albeit with divided opinions.

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.


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