Rangers 2nd Baseman Roughned Odor Punches Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista

Last year’s ALDS playoff series between the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays saw one of the great Game 5s of the 2000’s, involving a 40-minute 7th inning, in which Blue Jays star Jose Bautista hit a mammoth go-ahead home run, and executed an all-time great bat flip. Following the home run, both teams’ benches cleared and there was tension on the field, but an all-out brawl never broke out. The Blue Jays went on to win the game, and the series.

Today’s meeting between the Rangers and the Blue Jays, which happened as part of their first series since last year’s ALDS, obviously picked up where the 2015 drama left off. After being clocked by a pitch from a Rangers pitcher, Bautista tried his hardest to break up a potential double-play at second base, and went out of his way to slide hard into Rangers infielder Roughned Odor on the process. Naturally, Odor didn’t take a liking to the play, and he was quickly at Bautista’s neck–last year’s bat flip antics likely still fresh in his mind–ready to go.

Go is exactly what Odor did. He landed a very clean, very vicious punch directly to Bautista’s face, and luckily for both players, nearby Rangers players prevented the situation from escalating. Footage above and below.