Phillies Pitcher Hector Neris' Vulgar Antics Infuriate Dodgers


Emotions were running high after the Philadelphia Phillies beat the best team in baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers, on Thursday.

After Phillies closer Hector Neris recorded the final out in a 7-6 win by getting Justin Turner to fly out to rightfield, he pumped his fists and let out a yell. As he walked off the mound, he directed some choice words toward the Dodgers dugout.

You don’t have to be a professional lip reader to figure out those words: “F— you.”

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The Dodgers did not take it very well.

“Neris got the save and looked right into our dugout and screamed as loud as he could, ‘F— you!'” LA first baseman Max Muncy said after the game, ESPN reported.

“He’s blown about eight saves against us over the last two years. I guess he was finally excited he got one. Whatever,” Muncy said, adding his own jab.

Was Neris out of line?

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called it unacceptable.

“I think we played this game, this series the right way — played it straight,” Roberts said after the game. “To look in our dugout and to taunt in any way, I think it’s unacceptable.”

“I think it exceeds emotion,” he said. “Look in your own dugout. So I think out guys took it personal. I took it personal.”

Neris said it was “just emotions,” ESPN reported.

“It’s a great win for my team and just I let my emotion get out,” he said.

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Two days earlier, Neris hit Dodgers third baseman David Freese in the back just below the neck.

The league ruled that he was “intentionally throwing a pitch in the area of the head of David Freese.” As a result, Neris was fined and suspended for three games by the MLB, Yahoo Sports reported.

Neris is appealing the suspension, thus he was available to pitch Thursday.

The win allowed the Phillies to gain a split with the Dodgers and improve to 50-47. The Dodgers fell to 64-35.

Ranger Suarez (2-0) got the win for the Phillies, while Neris earned his 18th save.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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