GIFS: The Blue Jays/Kansas City Royals Ruckus

The Blue Jays and Royals may have entered this past series as indifferent competitors. But after what transpired on Sunday afternoon, I think it’s safe to say the Jays/Royals rivalry has suddenly elevated from “low” to “high”.

It all started so innocently; Josh Donaldson was hit earlier in the game, but in one of his following at bats, he unleashed this epic bat flip after a walk. Perhaps Edinson Volquez thought that Josh Donaldson was trying to show him up here.

Then after Donaldson was thrown at for the third time in the game (two pitches which were right by his head), he finally snapped and voiced his displeasure with home plate umpire Jim Wolf.


This was the beginning of the bench-clearing between the Jays and the Royals. You can always tell it’s serious when the bullpen suddenly empties out and the guys run out onto the field in support.

Even though John Gibbons was tossed from the game, he used this opportunity to run back out onto the field (and for some reason, pat Omar Infante on the back).

Like many of us, after the game, John Gibbons was left scratching his head wondering what exactly happened.

Image via Getty, GIF footage via Sportsnet

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

2 thoughts on “GIFS: The Blue Jays/Kansas City Royals Ruckus

  • August 3, 2015 at 2:07 am

    Well done Ian. Well done.

  • August 3, 2015 at 3:33 am

    I love the tame ruckus, nobody hurt. It almost made me wonder if there are a prescribed X number of bench clearings per season. Oh, I see we need one for August boys, lets get out there, sigh…

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