It's rare for a pair of last-place teams playing in early August to create headlines, but Tim Anderson and Marcus Stroman did just that on Tuesday.
And it carried over into Wednesday morning.
Anderson stepped out of the batter's box in an attempt to throw Stroman out of his rhythm in the 7th inning. Stroman apparently mumbled something before striking Anderson out on a slider.
Anderson jawed something at Stroman as he walked back to the dugout, and the Blue Jays starter responded. Both benches cleared and although cooler heads prevailed, both sides were fired up after the game.
“He’s going to try to throw me off, so why not step out and try to throw him off," Anderson said. "It was one of those things, I stepped out and he just complains and cries like he always does. That’s what it led to.”
Stroman had his own comments to reporters, saying Anderson talking after striking out "made zero sense to me."
But that wasn't the end of the story.
Strotman, who is rather active on Twitter with 374,000+ followers and 26,000 tweets, fired off this just after midnight:
Lions never concern themselves with the opinions of sheep. ⚡️ #HDMH— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) August 2, 2017
Anderson didn't appreciate the sub-tweet, and let Stroman know about it:
Stroman has also "liked" a handful of tweets of fans and fellow MLBers sticking up for him.
Anderson got a little revenge on Wednesday afternoon, starting the day 2-for-2 with an infield single and a triple.
Hey @MStrooo6, you see that triple? 👀 👀 👀— White Sox Talk (@CSNWhiteSox) August 2, 2017
Hopefully, for all our sake, this isn't over yet.