The last time we saw the Blue Jays and Rangers play in a game was way back on May 15th when the Rangers won 7-6. The score wasn’t important really. What was more important was that game gave us this incredible moment:
It was such a shame that the two didn’t have any more games after that one because the atmosphere would have been thrilling. Rougie definitely would have been wearing one on the chin and you can imagine that benches would have cleared yet again. The Blue Jays love clearing the benches so much so that it cost them one of their bullpen studs in Joaquin Benoit after he tore his calf going to help in the brawl with the Yankees a week ago. Thankfully, the baseball gods gave everyone what we deserve when Edwin Encarnacion hit a walk-off homer to beat the Orioles.
This series is going to be majestic. Lest we forget what happened in last year’s ALDS when Bautista bat flipped his bat into outer space after Blue Jays fans littered the field with trash like the trash organization they are. Someone even hit a baby. Just a wonderful group of people that pack the Rogers Centre. That’s what happens when you get the biggest bitch in all of baseball in Josh Donaldson. I can’t imagine Jays fans doing that again this year. What’s that? They did the exact same thing against the Orioles? Only this time it was trying to take out an outfielder trying to make a catch? And they tossed racial slurs at Adam Jones, too? Fantastic.
The MLB just needs to turn their back on this series. We need to see blood. I can already assure you that we see it come inning one or two (depending on where Odor hits in the lineup). Let’s just hope J.A. Happ can actually hit the guy on his first pitch and doesn’t need two to put one between the numbers like he did against the Yankees. If he does, no doubt he’s getting tossed and the Jays pen just doesn’t have the stamina to go nine innings and follow it up the next day. Maybe they go with Sanchez to plunk Odor in that case.
We need the trash talking. We need people bat flipping and showboating their home runs. We need more bench clearing brawls — only this time, we need to let Rougie and Joey Bats go toe-to-toe with no interference. Bautista would crumple in about four to six punches because he’s soft. My buddy set the over/under on bench clearing brawls at 1.5. If that’s not a prop bet in Vegas, it should be and I would take the over. Fireworks will be firing this weekend between the home runs and flying fists from both teams. Should it come down to that, my money is on the Rangers, not because of Odor, but because of Matt Bush. To have a guy who has served three years in prison is a huge advantage. No doubt Bush has seen some shit in that dog eat dog environment.
I, for one, cannot wait to see how this all unfolds. So for the next three to five games that starts on Thursday at 3:38 in the afternoon, the world will be gifted with something we desperately need: some good old-fashioned fun. Rangers in four. Let’s try and keep it classy, Jays fans..