On Friday night, a Minor League Baseball game turned into chaos on the field during a bench-clearing brawl after a two-run homer.
Last night, the Arizona Diamondbacks‘ Triple-A affiliate Reno Aces took on the Seattles Mariners‘ Triple-A team, the Tacoma Rainiers. The Aces already led 9-2 in the bottom of the 7th inning. Reno seemed to be in full control of the game as outfielder Henry Ramos stepped up to the plate.
Ramos added to his team’s commanding lead with a two-run shot over the outfield wall. His home run put Reno up 11-2, but his subsequent run around the bases led to some on-field drama. As the outfielder jogged around first towards second base, he started trash talking to some of the Rainiers players. After rounding second base, Ramos kept yapping at Tacoma shortstop Donovan Walton who followed the hitter to third base.
That’s when things escalated at the Minor League Baseball game as Walton confronted Ramos for his showboating. Ramos turned around before reaching third base. He threw his helmet at the shortstop and then threw a punch at Walton.
Tacoma catcher Jose Godoy entered the scene by throwing his glove at Ramos. Then, both benches abruptly cleared as dozens of players and coaches rushed onto the field. The umpires ejected Ramos, Walton and Godoy from the game after the melee came to an end.
Ramos obviously didn’t complete his trip around the bases, however, the two-run homer counted regardless. The Aces also added two extra runs to their tally in their 13-2 victory over the Rainiers. So far in the Minor League Baseball season, Ramos has put up some impressive statistics. The 30-year-old Puerto Rican outfielder is batting .373 with 62 runs, 57 RBIs, and 12 home runs in 74 games played.
Minor League Baseball Team’s Bat Dog Steals the Show
In more wholesome Minor League Baseball news, it wasn’t the players who stormed the field and made headlines last month. Instead, it was the Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ bat dog that had fans smiling ear-to-ear in the stands.
Minor League Baseball is amazing for multiple reasons that some may not have considered. You can attend games for much cheaper compared to Major League Baseball games. In addition, the food and drinks are also typically reduced at minor league ballparks.
Further, many minor league baseball teams have unique and amusing mascot names and logos. The teams often have eclectic jerseys and ball caps to match. The MiLB has team names like the Montgomery Biscuits, Akron RubberDucks, Richmond Flying Squirrels, and the El Paso Chihuahuas. But even those crazy names and their accompanying gear can’t bring joy to fans the way Slider the bat dog can.
During a mid-August matchup against the Charleston Riverdogs, Slider stole the show. The Pelicans’ bat dog went to work in a video that went viral on social media. Pro golfer turned Instagram influencer Paige Spiranac even retweeted the minor league baseball clip of Slider at work.
The Labrador Retriever is captured trotting up to home plate as he grabs the wooden bats by the handle. He then drags them over to the Pelicans’ dugout. Fans in the background of the video are clearly happy to witness Slider’s contributions to the game. And so was Spiranac who thinks we need more dogs involved with our sporting events. We can’t disagree.