It took only five pitches into the Yankees versus Rays game on Sunday afternoon for both teams to be warned not to throw at each other. After Jordan Montgomery got a little zesty with his pitch location, which was seemingly inadvertent, Tampa was clearly frustrated. Even skipper Aaron Boone stated that there was â€œdefinitely no intentâ€ after the victory in extra innings.
Both benches get warned after Jordan Montgomery hits Austin Meadows. Stay tuned ?
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â€œDefinitely no intent,â€ Boone said. â€œBut I understand their anger. You see Meadows get hit up around the shoulder. Iâ€™d be upset on our side whether itâ€™s unintentional or not. I think it was clear that Monty, though, was really struggling to find his command there the first couple of innings and it kind of got away from him.â€
If you are unaware of the tension between the Yankees and Rays, we can reflect back to last season, when a fiery and heated rivalry sparked a few hostile scenarios. Closer Aroldis Chapman threw a fastball targeted at Michael Brosseau, which soared over his head in what wouldâ€™ve been a devastating injury. There was a reason to believe that the Yankees were targeting hitters out of anger, and Raysâ€™ manager Kevin Cash fired back after the game, stating:
â€œItâ€™s ridiculous. Enough is enough. â€¦ It was mishandled by the Yankees.â€
â€œPoor judgement. Poor coaching. Poor teaching.â€
â€œI can assure you, other than three years ago, there hasnâ€™t been one pitch thrown with intent from any of our guys. Somebody has to be accountable and the last thing Iâ€™ll say is I have a whole damn stable full of guys that throw 98 mph.â€
Following the Yankee victory over Tampa, Cash took one last shot at the Yankees after old memories were brought up due to Montgomeryâ€™s poor pitch location.
He mentioned the lack of suspensions for Chapman and Masahiro Tanaka and how things continue to roll over. Clearly, Boone believes that his team wasnâ€™t targeting anybody intentionally, but it is always a bad sign when it happens early, and the pitch is hat shoulder height.
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 11, 2021