It was the punch heard 'round North America. Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor punched Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista in the face after a late slide by Bautista at second base. The extended backstory is that Bautista uncorked his now famous bat-flip last postseason against the Rangers.
Bautista was also hit by a pitch just before his altercation with Odor.
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While Bautista messed with Texas, back in Toronto, the Raptors were closing out the Heat in seven games. The franchise will take on the Cavaliers in its first-ever Eastern Conference Finals appearance.
Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll could not fully celebrate the team's victory, knowing city-mate Bautista was in trouble. He offered up any help Joey Bats needs.
"If he needs my help, my assistance, to come in and be a force, the junkyard dog…," Carroll begins. Then, TSN's Cabbie Richards asks Carroll about his overhand right to which he answers, "It's even better. I'm just telling Bautista, call me."
Carroll makes a hand motion like he is on a cell phone. Let's interpret this as a Drake Hotline Bling reference. Look at Carroll rocking the "6" hat.
Toronto and Dallas make for unlikely rival cities, but that's how this feud is shaping up.