Last night's brawl between Orioles shortstop Manny Machado and Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was one of those galvanizing moments--if not for the team, then at least its fans.
Kansas City may have been a Cinderella story when they won the World Series last year with a team filled with homegrown talent. But not here, not in Baltimore. People still hate the way the Royals beat the Orioles in the 2014 ALCS with dinky hits and a cocksure attitude. They hate guys like Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas.
So when Machado took a 99-mph fastball in the back--three innings after Ventura nearly hit him with another heater--and the infielder charged the mound and connected on a right...
A baseball umpire trainee runs toward first base to get into position to make a call during an instructional camp session at Compton Community College. The umpire camp is operated by Major League Baseball and includes on-field and classroom instruction.