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Benches clear in Red Sox vs. Rays game

May 25, 2014, 5:19 PM EDT

The Red Sox didn’t like it when Yunel Escobar of the Rays took third base with his team leading 8-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday at Tropicana Field. has the video …

It looks like Red Sox backup catcher David Ross was doing most of the jawing at Escobar from the dugout and then Gomes ran in from left field. Gomes, Escobar, and Sean Rodriguez were ejected.

Boston took a 10th straight loss in Sunday’s game. The defending champs are clearly frustrated.

  1. mantastic54 - May 25, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    I don’t see anything wrong with trying to add to a 5 run lead in the 7th. They should have a mercy rule like in little league if teams are going to complain. It’s not like it was 18-3

    • Glenn - May 25, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      The only thing worse than a 10 game losing streak is being poor sports about it. The Sox are playing themselves out of the season at this rate.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 25, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      Yah, I’m a Sox fan and didn’t have a problem with it. Worse teams have score more runs with three outs left.

      • hittfamily - May 25, 2014 at 6:49 PM

        When was the last time the Sox scored 5 runs in an inning…..yesterday. David Ross needs to shut the eff up and Gomes should be suspended.

    • jayquintana - May 25, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      Agree completely. I like Ross, but he was wrong here.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 25, 2014 at 6:45 PM

        I’m going to guess Ross is trying to take a page from hockey. When on a losing streak, start a fight and hope it pulls the team together.

      • infieldhit - May 25, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        And considering their losing streak is bound to end soon anyway, we’ll all keep hearing about the fight did pull them together.

    • sabatimus - May 25, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      Just a case of frustration boiling over.

      • zackd2 - May 25, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        Lol so losing teams have a free pass to attack winning teams? Cool

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 25, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        That’s not an excuse it’s an explanation

      • sabatimus - May 25, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        Thanks for putting words in my mouth, zack.

      • zackd2 - May 25, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        Why is an explanation? There’s no place in baseball for those actions just because you’re on a losing streak.

        Not to mention this is Gomes, who did it to the Yankees when he was on TB. He’s a tough guy with Arod suspension. Well Gomes is a repeat-offender for attacking base runners from the outfield. Hope the union tries to vote him out once he receives his suspension.

      • sabatimus - May 25, 2014 at 8:57 PM

        Did I say I endorsed what the Sox did? For the record, I don’t. But you seem to be getting thumbs up, so keep at it if you want.

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 25, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      I agree. This is the major Leagues of Baseball. If you don’t want him stealing then throw to the base and get him out otherwise button your yip. Ross and Gomes can go play little league if they can’t hack the adult competition

      • jcmeyer10 - May 25, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        That was one of my favorite quotes from Ditka, paraphrasing here but it wen’t, ‘if you don’t want them to score on you [in garbage time] then stop them’.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - May 25, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        Indeed, a few weeks ago, a professional US baseball team was trailing 17-1 in the 6th inning. They didn’t start crying, they started playing better. They won 20-17.

      • gloccamorra - May 26, 2014 at 10:49 AM

        The same thing happened with Rickey Henderson, playing in Milwaukee with the Padres, who had a big lead. The first baseman didn’t even hold him, and when Rickey wants to steal, Rickey steals.

        The Brewers manager, Davey Lopes was livid, and later said about Rickey, :he’s going down”, meaning he was going to get hit. Rickey didn’t get hit, but Lopes got fired after the season.

        As you said, when the career stolen base leader is on base, you hold him, or you’ve got nothing to complain about.

  2. lifer124 - May 25, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    I love how in baseball such a small thing leads to a little arguing and then both teams are running onto the field like they just sounded charge! Then they all just stand around for a minute and go back and it’s over. Big story!

  3. tfbuckfutter - May 25, 2014 at 5:42 PM


    Mark my words, this is the instant that is going to lead to an offensive TEAR!

    I bet they score 6 or 7 runs per game over the next 5.

    They’ll still lose 4 of them. But this is definitely a spark!

    • blacksables - May 25, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      Instant? Or do you mean ‘instance”? Just curious.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 25, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        Instant as in “moment”

      • blacksables - May 25, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        Yeah, sorry, still doesn’t work.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 25, 2014 at 8:13 PM


        the point of time now present or present with reference to some action or event.
        a particular moment: at the instant of contact.

        2. A particular or precise time: at the instant of combustion.


      • blacksables - May 25, 2014 at 8:42 PM

        Yeah, still wrong.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 25, 2014 at 8:44 PM

        You can keep saying that but you’re still wrong.

        “The instant it happened”. It’s not only grammatically correct but “instance” is wildly wrong.

      • arizonagrit - May 25, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        blacksables needs not a lesson in grammar in this instant….I mean instance.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 26, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        If you’re going to try to be the local grammar police, you should at least try to get it right. Nothing wrong with “instant” in that instance. See what I did there?

      • blacksables - May 26, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        “this is the instant”

        “This” is the subject here.

        “This” = was an action. (stealing third base)

        Instant is for time, not action.

        The time that the stolen base occurred didn’t do anything.

        The action of the stolen base did.

        You can give grammar lessons all you want. As soon as you learn it.

    • proudlycanadian - May 25, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      Being sarcastic again? Next weekend they play the Jays once again. The Jays and the fans will provide a warm welcome.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 25, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        Of course it’s sarcasm. This offense is pitiful, and the pitching is in shambles.

        Signing Stephen Drew just signifies they are abandoning the rebuilding process, and are going to pursue a bunch of terrible additions all leading to a sub-.500 season and none of the rookies actually developing at all.

        However, I’m sure some of the young guys they shed to acquire reserve infielders and terrible rotation “help” will turn into 20-30 HR guys for Oakland in a couple seasons. So there’s always that to look forward to.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 25, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        Maybe they can package Bogearts, Bradley and another blue chipper to acquire Samardizjatunzua from Chicago, and then go with Brock Holt at 3rd, Stephen Drew at SS, and we can figure this all out next year after finishing 4th.

      • proudlycanadian - May 25, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        Sounds like a good deal to me.

  4. Kevin Gillman - May 25, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    I’m confused as to why Escobar was thrown out. Gomes touched him, and all Escobar was doing was defending himself. Maybe they threw him out, because he was instigating Ross to come out, but Gomes started the physical stuff.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 25, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Pointing fingers are a no no in baseball fighting apparently.

      • Kevin Gillman - May 25, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        I guess so, then David Ross should have been thrown out too, no? He wasn’t playing, but he too was pointing fingers.

  5. sportsfan18 - May 25, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    The Red Sox need to quit saying “Boston Strong”…

    Because THAT was NOT Boston strong…

    It was “Boston Bush League”…

    And for those of you who may disagree with me, let’s say instead of being on a 9 game losing streak coming into this game, the Red Sox had won their last 4 or 5 games in a row…

    Anyone think this would have happened then?

    • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      Ratio of thumbs up to thumbs downs reflects almost everyone’s disdain for the Red Sox antics.

  6. musketmaniac - May 25, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    I got a cousin doing two years in jail for a fight on a basketball ball court. He didn’t throw a punch, it’s almost laughable if it wasn’t so pathetic. Grow up Americas game.

    • kingscourt25 - May 25, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      What he do to get 2 yrs?

    • renaado - May 25, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      Possible criminal record? Dude, if what your sayin is true. Then you must find a witness for that, false accusations like this without takin the initiative on what to do what’s right will lead you nowhere.

      Or could this be just a “makeup” story.

  7. thomas844 - May 25, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    If anything, the Sox should take Escobar swiping an extra base as a sign of respect, seeing as though he probably felt they still had a chance of coming back and making it a competitive ballgame.

    • indaburg - May 25, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      You’re right–the Sox were very capable of overcoming a 5 run lead. And in the top of the 9th, the Sox did score two runs to make it 8-5 and almost brought the tying run to the plate. The Rays had to bring in Balfour to close out the game. The game was far from over at 8-3.

      It’s weird how it went from Molina and Pierzynski joking and chuckling at home plate after the stolen base to that melee. Things escalated quickly.

      • hittfamily - May 25, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        They scored 5 runs in 1 out yesterday against David Price. I’m pretty sure they (or anyone else) is very capable of puttingup a 5 spot against Balfour and Lueke.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 26, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        Melee? Since when does finger pointing constitute a melee? Escalated from everyone making fun of Yunel the genius to everyone making their way onto the field and getting in between Mad Dog Gomes and Yunel “tu ere maricon” Escobar?

      • indaburg - May 26, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        Look up “melee” in the dictionary, sweetheart. It means a confused mass of people. Clearly, the Red Sox were confused because they did not understand that the point of the offense is to score as many runs as possible , and the point of the defense is to try to stop it. They also apparently are suffering from short term memory loss, seeing that they forgot that the day before, a 5 run lead was surmountable. Remember? The Red Sox were leading 5-0 and the Rays came back?

        As for Gomes, he had no business running in from left field and shoving Yunel. Cody Ross had no business running his mouth. If you don’t like a team running on you, try and stop them. If you don’t like a team beating you, then play better. Otherwise, STFU.

      • indaburg - May 26, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        (I don’t mean you STFU–I mean Cody and friends.)

      • unclemosesgreen - May 26, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        I like “melee” way better than “brawl”. More accurate, but still a totally minor dust-up. It ain’t Coco and Shields or Ice Williams and Pedro.

        I keep having these Visions of Cody. But he’s not the Ross you were looking for.

        I think everyone here knows you meant for me to STFU as well. :-)

      • indaburg - May 26, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        Sorry, wrong Ross. David Ross. Fingers type faster than I think sometimes. In my defense, Cody was a Red Sox a couple of years ago.

        No, no, no, kind sir, of course I didn’t mean you. I don’t want to be banned for being rude to another commenter.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 29, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        Ha – I snitched you but Craig wouldn’t swing the ban hammer. Curses, foiled again.

      • indaburg - May 29, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        Thanks, pal.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 29, 2014 at 6:53 PM

        No problem, buddy.

  8. luz56 - May 25, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Really… Your cousin didn’t throw a punch and is spending 2 years in jail?????? All due respect but I find that hard to believe

    • hittfamily - May 25, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      No punches, but he stabbed 3 people.

  9. pgilbert15303 - May 25, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Escobar was too funny calling out the dugout. Once that nut Gomes came over he ran like a little girl.

    Dude, you kill that the Latin community with that display of Cowardess… The real Escobar must be rolling in his shallow grave.

    • drewsylvania - May 25, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      Wasn’t Ross running his mouth first?

    • maddog11896 - May 25, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      Ran like a little girl? Are you blind? He was pulled back, you moron

      • American of African Descent - May 25, 2014 at 7:48 PM

        Do. Not. Feed. The. Trolls.

  10. drewsylvania - May 25, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    I didn’t see Escobar running his mouth. Not sure how Gomes could have heard him regardless, as he was in left field.

    I think Gomes just wanted off the roster for a few days. Can’t blame him. But a really macho idiot move on his part.

  11. maddog11896 - May 25, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    I say if you’re the defending world champions and you’re gonna have an issue with someone stealing a base on you because you’re losing and doing terrible thus far, you’ve got more to worry about than that stolen base.

    • sabatimus - May 25, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Yup. It’s silly to hear Joe Magrane saying that the issue was that Escobar stole a base when the Rays were up by 5 runs in the 7th. BFD. The Sox were frustrated and were looking for an excuse to vent.

  12. yanks33 - May 25, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Gomes is and always will be a joke

    • jcmeyer10 - May 25, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      And now we are seeing why he doesn’t stick around too long. It’s a fun schtick when it works but right now it ain’t working.

  13. zackd2 - May 25, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Gomes was just sad his BFF Napoli is on the DL. Now they’ll both have a few days to hang out, once he gets his suspension.

    • renaado - May 25, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      Are the rally beards still on?

    • pisano - May 26, 2014 at 12:20 AM

      Gomes is a scumbag.

  14. miguelcairo - May 25, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    This is stupid. What the hell is Ross yelling about?! A 5 run lead is hardly insurmountable. What whiners.

  15. 2077james - May 25, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    He reached on defensive indifference. They gave him the base so what’s Ross’ problem?

    • sabatimus - May 25, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      Seriously. Nobody was covering anyway. If I were on 2nd I’d have taken that base and I wouldn’t care what the score was.

  16. redmanrt - May 25, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    “The Red Sox didn’t appreciate Escobar running with his team seemingly in command of the game, and there were words from the dugout.

    The thug Ross set himself up as arbiter of an unwritten rule. He should have been ejected, not Escobar. True, he was pulled for another catcher.

  17. pgilbert15303 - May 25, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Yank33 Really? A-road ring a bell? Reggie Jackson loved to fight… Please, you’re bent because we are the reigning World Camps…

    • American of African Descent - May 25, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      Yes, the Red Sox have had a good decade after an absolutely terrible century.

      • miguelcairo - May 26, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        And no one can set up a tent and camp better.

  18. redmanrt - May 25, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    I well remember last fall when Ross wrestled Avila to the ground at home plate. Ross is a POß.

  19. Bob - May 25, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Typical Red Sox. It would been OK if they had done it. Ten losses in a row, and I hope they end up with 100 more.

  20. lanzurrah - May 25, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    That was so weak.

  21. convincedofthehex - May 25, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    In the playoffs last year, the Sox were up 8-2 on the Rays when Ellsbury stole 2nd. The Rays had no problem with it. Boston needs to grow up, pathetic.

  22. SBoy - May 25, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Someone needs to inform the players union so they can inform the players… A lot of their “unwritten rules” make them look life fools… definitely not cool. But even by baseball standards this is pathetic… as others have noted, 8-3 is not thaaat big a league. Certainly not one to rest on against Boston.

    • sabatimus - May 25, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      In the 7th, no less.

    • zackd2 - May 25, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      Gomes is Mr. Union kick around out of union. He’s a repeat attacker from OF position. Can’t wait to see his 214 game suspension.

  23. brandotho - May 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    As the same Red Sox showed only yesterday, a 5 run lead certainly is not safe. Heck, no lead is safe in baseball (the very same Red Sox franchise blew a 9-0 lead at home to their hated nemeses only two years ago).

  24. graymalkin26 - May 25, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Haha…Boston strong, so sick of that bs, hope they lose 100.

    • sabatimus - May 25, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      If you’re so sick of it how come you keep bringing it up?

    • sabatimus - May 25, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      Oh wait, you have to troll somewhere now that your team is out of the playoffs.

  25. uwsptke - May 25, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    David Ross became well-versed in the Unwritten Rules while serving as the understudy to Sheriff Brian McCann.

    • miguelcairo - May 26, 2014 at 12:29 PM


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