A Texas League baseball game between the Frisco RoughRiders and the San Antonio Missions erupted into a full-on WWF hardcore match from 2000 on Tuesday when fans started throwing water bottles at the players, and RoughRider Engel Beltre responded by beaning them with a trash can. No, seriously. From the San Antonio Express-News:
The incident came soon after a controversial call in the ninth inning when umpires overturned a potential three-run, go-ahead homer by Frisco’s Michael Bianucci, instead ruling it was an RBI ground-rule double.
RoughRiders manager Steve Buechele was ejected for arguing the call. The next Frisco batter struck out for the final out of the game.
San Antonio Missions president Burl Yarbrough was nearby when the melee broke out.
“I was standing there, and all of a sudden, a trash can came flying out of the dugout,” he told the San Antonio Express-News in a story on the newspaper’s website. “I’ve been here 24 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this.”
The Missions responded by spraying Beltre in the face with a fire extinguisher, then bowling a bowling ball into his crotch. Beltre received a 15-game suspension for his role in a confrontation (called an “indefinite suspension” by some sources) and has to walk around in Frisco with a big “HEY EVERYBODY I DON’T EVER WANT TO PLAY IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES” sign around his neck. Apparently bats were also thrown into the stands from the dugout, but no names have been named. Thank goodness none of these guys had access to the t-shirt gun.
On Wednesday [Rangers general manager Jon Daniels] had said that “it’s a black eye for all involved.”
Especially the people who got hit the eye with a f**king trashcan.