Don't you dare talk about someone's mom.
Apparently, that was the spark that set off the fiery benches-clearing brawl between the A's and Houston Astros on Sunday at the Coliseum.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, A's center fielder Ramon Laureano was hit by a pitch from Astros reliever Humberto Castellanos. It was the third time in the series, and second time in the game, that Laureano had been plunked, so he wasn't thrilled.
When Laureano reached first base, he could be seen screaming in the direction of the Astros dugout along the first base line. His ire was directed mainly at Houston hitting coach Alex Cintron.
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Something was said that caused Laureano to charge the Astros dugout and set off a brawl that surely will have severe consequences.
According to former Astros beat writer Jose de Jesus Ortiz, we now have an idea of what set Laureano off.
We’ll know more soon, but a person I respect has been told that the A’s Ramón Laureano charged toward Alex Cintron because Cintron mentioned Laureano’s mother in a bad way.— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) August 9, 2020
In Latino culture, those are fighting words. #Astros #Athletics
The person who told me this described Laureano is one of the nicest men alive. Remember Laureano knows many folks in the Astros organization. https://t.co/KvtDJ5MZoa— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) August 9, 2020
Sounds like this is a little more serious than a "Yo Mama" joke.
A's manager Bob Melvin was convinced someone said something offensive, and claimed Laureano wouldn't have charged the Astros dugout if nothing bad was said.
Astros manager Dusty Baker was asked after the game if Cintron made a remark to Laureano about his mother, and Baker said he wasn't sure. But he also said he understands why Latino players get upset when someone references their mother.
Dusty Baker says he doesn’t know if Alex Cintron mentioned Ramón Laureano’s mother while yelling at him before Laureano charged him. But Baker says he learned the hard way how different it is when you mention a Latino’s mother. He vowed to check on the matter. pic.twitter.com/4tHvoSkIWZ— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) August 9, 2020
With no fans in attendance at the Coliseum and TV microphones picking up just about every word uttered on the field, MLB likely will be able to find out exactly what was said between Cintron and Laureano.
Regardless of what was said, expect the league to hand down a hefty suspension for Laureano. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly was suspended eight games for throwing at Astros stars Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa, which led to benches clearing between the two teams.