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Bautista’s Bat Flip Led To A Payback Punch… And Hilarious Memes

OK, if you watch baseball, you know most fights look like this:

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Benches clear and players meet in the middle of the field, but all it amounts to is pushing and shoving.

There’s usually a tough guy or two who does the whole “HOLD ME BACK, BRO” thing until things simmer down.

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Lots of theatrics, not much action.

But recently, Rougned Odor of the Texas Rangers and Joey Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays went at it and PUNCHES WERE THROWN.

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OK, more like one punch, but it was a REALLY GOOD punch. Canelo vs. Khan-level good. (Also, here’s how you pronounce “Rougned Odor.”) Here’s a quick rundown of what led to that vicious right to Bautista’s jaw:

Last year, Bautista’s bat flip versus the Texas Rangers was one of the biggest sports stories of the year. The Rangers didn’t like it very much. So, when Bautista was hit by a pitch during a recent Blue Jays-Rangers game, he believed it was retaliation for his famous bat flip. After all, baseball players are notorious for holding grudges. A few plays later, Bautista tried to break up a double play by sliding dangerously close to Rangers second baseman Odor. It was Bautista’s form of payback. But Odor wasn’t down with that, so he stepped to an oncoming Bautista and cracked him so hard that Bautista’s helmet and sunglasses flew off. At this point, you’ve probably said to yourself, “Who cares about the recap? Just lemme watch that punch over and over.” (You can watch the full fight at MLB.com.)

And, of course, the Internet had a field day with the brawl. There was a “post-fight photo” that surfaced:

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There was also a fashion debate:

Who wore it better? #josebautista #mrpotatohead #roughnedodor Q1043.com

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For some, the fight symbolized what it’s like when the weekend is over:

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Others were reminded of Instagram drama:

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Someone gave the fight a “Sonic The Hedgehog” remix:

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And someone else discovered there was a better way to fight Odor.

Aaaaand #AnotherOne #JoseBautista #JoeyBats #HitInFace by #Odor #ProblemSolved #Degree #TorontoBlueJays #MLB #Baseball

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Crying Jordan made an appearance. Not once…

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But twice:

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Odor’s punch reminded some about this classic scene from “Friday”:

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And, finally, someone “updated” Odor’s stats on Wikipedia.

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Boston Red Sox Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez Suffering From Covid-Related Heart Inflammation

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Boston Red Sox Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez Suffering From Covid-Related Heart Inflammation

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There is still a lot that we do not know about Covid-19 and the longterm effects of the virus. Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez is learning the hard way how the virus attacks the body after a patient is “cured.”

The baseball world was excited to welcome Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez back.

As the MLB keeps pushing to salvage their Covid-postponed season restart, the virus has shown itself in a different way. After half of the Miami Marlins team tested positive for the virus, a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox is suffering from health issues because of Covid.

Rodriguez is suffering from myocarditis, a heart condition.

The baseball player is suffering from a heart condition that is directly tied to his Covid-19 illness. While Rodriguez survived Covid-19, the heart condition is proof that there is so much more to know about what this virus does. Despite overcoming Covid, Rodriguez is still suffering from the effects of this unknown virus.

The lingering health effect is a reminder of the importance of not contracting the virus.

“That’s the most important part of your body,” Rodriguez told WEEI. “The first time I hear, I was kind of scared a little. Now that I know what it is, I’m still scared, but now I know exactly what it is. I just talk to my mom, talk to my wife, let them know what I have, and now I’ve got to take the rest.”

There is more to Covid-19 than the immediate death and recovery rates.

Health experts and doctors have been warning people about the unknown effects of Covid-19. Rodriguez’s ongoing battle with Covid-19 is a hard reminder that not even the most in shape and athletic people are immune from the devastating effects of the virus. Be safe. Be careful.

READ: Miami Marlins Covid Outbreak Causes Chaos Of MLB Season After One Weekend

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Miami Marlins Covid Outbreak Causes Chaos Of MLB Season After One Weekend

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Miami Marlins Covid Outbreak Causes Chaos Of MLB Season After One Weekend

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An outbreak of Covid among MLB players and coaches has postponed the highly anticipated and very hyped return of the season. It took less than a week since the sport came back for there to be a viral outbreak within the league.

The Miami Marlins are dealing with a Covid outbreak within the team before their opening games.

Half of the players for the Miami Marlins are positive for Covid-19 before the home opener against the Baltimore Orioles. The Marlins’ season has been paused through the weekend and the lineup was changed up to make sure the season can continue.

“Obviously, we don’t want any player to get exposed. It’s not a positive thing,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday night on the MLB Network. “But I don’t see it as a nightmare.” He continued: “We think we can keep people safe and continue to play.”

Phillies Outfielder Andrew McCutchen took to Twitter to vent his frustration about MLB communication.

Apparently, McCutchen didn’t know that the Phillies game against the New York Yankees Tuesday was canceled until getting on Twitter. The weekend schedule was thrown into turmoil after news broke about the outbreak on the Miami Marlins. The outbreak comes as some have criticized the MLB for not trying a bubble conference, like the NBA and NHL.

Other teams in the league are showing their own discomfort with the current situation.

The Nationals were supposed to play in Miami this weekend but the surge in Covid cases in Florida put an end to that. The Washington Nationals voted to postpone and the MLB followed their lead and canceled that series.

In a statement by the MLB, the Miami Marlins are the only confirmed team to have a Covid outbreak. The league recently conducted 6,400 tests among players and coaches and haven’t found other outbreaks on the remaining 29 teams.

READ: This MLB Team Just Swore In 15 New American Citizens And Our Hearts Are Overflowing With Emotion

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