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Benches empty after Shin-Soo Choo gets buzzed by Blue Jays

Apr 5, 2012, 7:55 PM EDT

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Already hit in the back by a pitch earlier in the game, Shin-Soo Choo took exception Thursday when he was buzzed by Luis Perez in the 15th inning in the game between the Indians and the Blue Jays.

Warnings were issued earlier in the game after Justin Masterson came inside on Kelly Johnson in possible retaliation for Choo’s plunking by Ricky Romero, but those incidents were back in the fourth and third innings, respectively. Perez definitely missed on the pitch to Choo, throwing it head-high and inside, but it seems doubtful he meant to go there 11 innings later.

After the pitch, Choo took several steps toward the mound and the benches and bullpens emptied. Order was quickly restored, though. The umpires met afterwards to discuss whether to toss Perez, and it was decided that he could remain in the game. Suspensions seem unlikely.

  1. jaysprospectarilo - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    I didn’t think it intentional but being doinked once will make anyone leery of intention at that point. Jays don’t play that tit for tat crap often.

    Glad no one was hurt and no punches thrown even though being Canadian I wanted it lol

    • cur68 - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:04 PM

      If this was hockey, that would have been 5 for fighting in nothing flat.

  2. cur68 - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Its cold there. Ball’s slippery. Choo’s just been unlucky. Beaver Men being CARRIED by Omar Vizquel now…and Arencebia homers Vizquel and colleagues in. Blue Jays now 7 – 4 in the 16th. Nice.

  3. jaysprospectarilo - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Annnnnnd Arencibia goes yarrrrrd

    • royalsfaninfargo - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:11 PM

      He knocked the crap out of that ball. Funny, came right after he tried to bunt! Great game.

  4. proudlycanadian - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Before today, no season opening game had gone 16 innings.

    • cur68 - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:24 PM

      Theee Blue Jays win…7 – 4 in 16 innings; longest opening day game in history. That’s a hell of a good start for the Beaver Men. Real happy I got E5 now on my fantasy team. The Beaver Lumber Squad is in good shape.

      • 24missed - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:19 PM

        Late congrats, but congrats just the same.

  5. proudlycanadian - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    The revamped Blue Jay bullpen was the star of the game. Every pitcher in the pen got to work and none gave up a run.

  6. jaysfan64 - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Arencibia missed the sign – he wasn’t supposed to bunt…good thing he fouled it off…

  7. kjuggs - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Don’t walk halfway to the mound and then come back, especially in extra innings. The game’s long enough, and if you’re going to charge the pitcher, follow through.

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