Keri On Yankees/Red Sox Brawl: “They’re All A Bunch Of Crybabies”

"This is baseball; this isn’t MMA," Keri said. "Get over yourselves."

Tiki and Tierney
April 12, 2018 - 6:10 pm

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Benches cleared twice during the Red Sox/Yankees game at Fenway Park on Wednesday, this after a questionable slide by Yankees DH Tyler Austin, who was later plunked with a 97-mile-per-hour fastball by Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly. Four ejections and countless punches and pushes later, play resumed and the Yankees won 10-7.

Brandon Tierney loved it. Absolutely loved it.

Jonah Keri, however, did not.

“They’re all a bunch of crybabies,” the senior writer said on Tiki and Tierney. “Fighting in baseball is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard in my life.”

Whoa, Jonah, tell us how you really feel.

“What are you doing?” he asked. “‘Oh, his spikes were up one centimeter! Oh, he hit him on the leg!’ What the hell are we doing, man? This is baseball. This isn’t MMA. Get over yourselves. This machismo garbage from the 19th century – what are we doing? Stop it. It’s so stupid. The fans don’t like it. Nobody likes it.”

Keri argued that there is never a situation in baseball that warrants retaliation or a brawl.

“There is never a situation,” he said. “Because you know what? There’s a guy named Carl Mays and there’s a guy named Ray Chapman. Feel free to Google while we’re talking. In 1920, Carl Mays killed Ray Chapman with a fastball to the head – and that’s always a possibility. People think, ‘Oh, that guy’s got pinpoint control. He can hit him on the lower quadrant of his left thigh.’ That’s BS.”

But was Chapman wearing a helmet?

“He did not,” Keri acknowledged, “but you know what? People have had broken faces. Nobody wants to see this stuff. It doesn’t help anybody. Brawls are not good for the sport. I don’t want Mike Trout to be out for the month. I don’t want Aaron Judge to be on the disabled list. I want baseball. It’s not a contact sport. If you want a contact sport, watch football. Football (has) contact within the sport. That’s where you’re supposed to hit people.”

Tierney, a Yankees fan, thought that the Red Sox handled the situation well. They didn’t like Austin’s slide, Austin got plunked, both sides had it out, and the Yankees won. End of story.

“They’re a bunch of punks,” Keri said. “The Red Sox are a bunch of punks. I’m sorry – and I like their manager (Alex Cora). I know him personally. I used to work with him. What are they doing? It’s garbage. I hate it.”