"I mean, I was ready to defend myself", Kelly said. "I had no thought that they were going to throw at me".
Once the tensions eased, Kelly and Austin were ejected, as well as Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin and Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle.
Thurman Munson collided with catcher Carlton Fisk in 1973 after Gene Michael missed a bunt attempt. Kelly looked like he was beating up Austin for his lunch money.
Martinez, of course, was a primary figure in the 2003 ALCS brawl, which he started by throwing at Karim Garcia and helped spiral out of control by guiding/throwing Don Zimmer to the ground. "Other than that, Kelly executed perfectly". Nonetheless, no punches would be thrown, yet.
Before the melee, there was some baseball.
Price entered having surrendered no runs and seven hits in 14 innings during his first two starts this season. The Sox bullpen would once again falter allowing six more runs through the final eight innings. J.D. Martinez hit a grand slam and Hanley Ramirez homered for Boston. He finished with four RBIs. Stanton's RBI single up the middle and another sacrifice fly by Gregorius, this one to center, restored a four-run lead. Trevor Williams (2-0, 1.59 ERA) will take the mound for Pittsburgh, duelling against Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 4.09 ERA).
Now when I go on air today at 2 pm I'm going to start so many fights with Red Sox fans it's going to be great. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer over six-plus innings pitched in each of his six career starts against NY at Fenway.