You probably don’t watch too much Australian Baseball League action. Maybe you should, especially now that the Hot Stove League has gone a bit cold.
The Brisbane Bandits visited the Sydney Blue Sox on Saturday in an ABL match-up. After Bandit Patrick Leonard lowered his shoulder on Blue Sox catcher Danny Arribas on a play at the plate in the fourth inning, the two exchanged words, but they appeared to be separating when… (via)
“Bandit Josh Roberts flew out of the first base dugout and blindsided Arribas with a cheap shot to the head. Within seconds, more than forty players and staff were involved in a brawl as things exploded at Blacktown International Sportspark.
After a short conference, the ‘third man in’ Josh Roberts was ejected by the umpires, to the roar of the Sydney crowd. The violent incident raising the intensity of the home crowd, despite the scorecard balanced in Brisbane’s favour.”
The Australian accents and lexicon almost make Roberts’ actions seem civil. Almost.
The former Cleveland Indians’ farmhand and Aussie rugby player received a six-game suspension, reportedly the longest in ABL history, for his actions.
At least some competitive baseball is being played in some part of the world. It’s probably more entertaining than regular-season NBA action.