With the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins matched up for the NLDS, many expected fireworks in the series. Not just because of the big bats of Atlanta and the power pitching of Miami, but because of the tensions between the two sides.
Notably, a majority of the "beef" centers around Braves star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. Back in 2018, Acuña entered a matchup with the Marlins having homered in five straight contests, including two straight to lead off the ballgame. Not wanting that to continue, Miami pitcher Jose Ureña hit Acuña with a high-velocity fastball in the elbow.
Thus, the bad blood was born. In series since, the back-and-forth has continued. During Atlanta's 9-5 win in Game 1 of the NLDS on Tuesday, the latest chapter to the drama was written.
Acuña, doing what he does best, opened up the scoring with a solo shot in the bottom of the first off Sandy Alcantra. His next time up at the plate saw the Marlins follow the same script as 2018, plunking him with a fastball.
Despite clear frustration, Acuña took his base and the moment ended there. That was until after the contest when the trolling began.
Acuña first took to Instagram, posting a picture of his home run with a caption that channeled his inner UFC star Conor McGregor.
"I’d like to take this time to apologize to absolutely NOBODY," Acuña wrote.
The outfielder then headed to Twitter, as he was not done expressing how he felt. On this social media platform, he explained that he knew why the Marlins had to hit him: Because it was the only way to keep him from doing more damage at the plate.
The Marlins may have hit Acuña, but the outfielder got the win and the last laugh in the opening matchup. If this was just Game 1, the rest of the series should be rather interesting.