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Hold Me Back, Bro

MASSIVE brawl in the White Sox-Indians game (just kidding, they all just held each other back like always)

April 15, 2021

In case you missed it, Chicago White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodón damn near threw a perfect game on Wednesday night. History was averted when Cleveland's Roberto Perez kinda, sorta didn't get out of the way and was struck in the foot with a Rodón slider.

Rodón still wound up finishing off a no-hitter, helping the Sox trounce the Indians 8-0. As painful as it must have been for Rodón, he was in good spirits after the game, and there was seemingly no bad blood between the AL Central Division rivals.

Fast forward to Thursday afternoon and the two squads already started beefing in the first inning, though the beef has seemingly nothing to do with Wednesday's near perfect game. The Sox jumped on Cleveland starter Aaron Civale early, with leadoff hitter Tim Anderson getting on base and then Adam Eaton ripping one to right field and trying to turn it into a double. Indians second baseman Andres Gimenez had other ideas, pushing Eaton off the bag as he slid into second. Eaton was not pleased and a MASSIVE BRAWL for the ages had begun!

Just kidding, everyone played "hold me back bro!" like in every other MLB fight ever:

No bigger letdown then the benches clearing and absolutely nothing coming of it. We didn't even get a serious shove from Eaton, just an incredibly light two-handed tap. Boooooring. Here's the full play, which clearly shows Giménez pushing Eaton off the bag: 

Apparently, they stayed with the call, the latest example of MLB umps being incompetent. Oh well.