“I’m not really going to reiterate what was said,” Suzuki said. “Things happen in the heat of the moment. That’s baseball. Things happen and players react, that’s what goes on…. I said what I had to say, he said what he said, then everybody came running in.”
Both benches and bullpens cleared again, and again they were dispersed by umpires and no one was ejected, no punches thrown.
But afterward, O’Flaherty didn’t bite his tongue and let fly with the stinging line of the night.
“I’m surprised he’s ready to fight again after last year,” O’Flaherty said, laughing. “But he’s throwing some looks around so…it’s what it is.”
O’Flaherty was referring to that punch heard round the baseball world on May 15, 2016, when the Rangers’ Rougned Odor hit Bautista with a devastating right hand, after the Texas second baseman took offense to Bautista’s hard slide and then punished him when Bautista dared shove Odor as things escalated.