How can the kids play if the parents keep getting mad at the kids for playing?
In this analogy, A's center fielder Ramon Laureano is the kid and Rangers starting pitcher Adrian Sampson is the parent.
In the bottom of the sixth inning on Saturday night, Laureano crushed a 412-foot homer and admired his work. Sampson did not appreciate that.
Once Sampson was done being mad at himself for giving up his fourth home run of the night, he quickly turned his anger to Laureano, who was walking out of the batter's box while watching the flight of the ball.
The two exchanged words before the home plate umpire got in between and forced Sampson to retreat.
Sampson reportedly stepped on Laureano's bat after the Canha incident in Arlington. Laureano appeared to say: "you want to step on this one."— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) July 28, 2019
And we were off to the races.
Both benches were ready to storm the field, but cool heads prevailed ... for the moment.
Two innings later, Rangers reliever Rafael Montero hit Laureano on the shoulder. This time, the bench did clear, though no punches were thrown.
Montero kept throwing inside to Laureano and got him with a fastball on the fourth pitch pic.twitter.com/YzM4OdRNli— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) July 28, 2019
Montero was ejected while Laureano was allowed to remain in the game.
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