The unwritten rules of baseball are a fickle thing.
There are those who believe the sanctity of sportsmanship must be protected no matter what, even if it comes at the cost of another player’s well-being.
Then there are those who don’t mind a little fun and theatrics from their baseball stars. That group is also the first to point out that if a pitcher doesn’t want a hitter admiring a home run, perhaps he shouldn’t have given up the home run.
Amid these donnybrooks, it’s always fascinating to note whom the agitators and the peacemakers are in a given incident.
New York Mets Triple-A prospect Tim Tebow recently found himself in one of those two roles. You can probably guess which.
Triple-A’s version of the Subway Series pitted the Syracuse Mets against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, on Sunday.
The RailRiders won the game 11-6, but it was those pesky unwritten rules that stole the headlines in the seventh inning.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre infielder Mike Ford jacked a homer off Syracuse reliever Arquimedes Caminero in the seventh. It doesn’t appear that Ford gloated, flipped his bat or even admired his own home run all that much.
Whatever it is that Ford did or didn’t do, Caminero went seeking revenge against the next hitter, RailRiders infielder Breyvic Valeras, and hit him with a pitch.
Caminero was promptly ejected, but things quickly escalated and the benches cleared.
Last night’s brawl between the @swbrailriders and @SyracuseMets. Arquimedes Caminero gave up a blast to #RailRiders first baseman Mike Ford and then drilled Breyvic Valera in the back with his next pitch, which ended up clearing the benches. pic.twitter.com/0NKxAYZ0rJ
— Charlie Ricker (@ByCharlieRicker) May 27, 2019
As with most baseball “brawls,” it seemed to be mostly shoving and posturing, though tensions were still running high.
And in the middle of it all, trying to diffuse the situation and play peacemaker, was Tim Tebow.
When things started to break up, the two guys in the middle playing peacekeepers: Jay Bell and Tim Tebow.
— Conor Foley (@RailRidersTT) May 27, 2019
Tim Tebow trying to play peacemaker in a heated situation may be one of the most Tebow things ever.
Still adjusting to the higher level of competition in Triple-A, Tebow finished Sunday’s loss 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
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