In one of the most memorable moments of the 2017 season, the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees got involved in one of the biggest brawls of the decade.
On Aug. 24, 2017, the Yankees and Tigers were finishing up a four-game series at Comerica Park. The Tigers were well out of contention, but they were still hoping to beat the Yankees, with whom they had serious beef.
With the Tigers winning the game in the fifth inning, a frustrated Michael Fulmer drilled Gary Sanchez with a pitch, which was apparently revenge for a July incident that the Tigers believed was targeted. Fulmer was not ejected, infuriating the Yankees bench. In the sixth, Tommy Kahnle threw behind Miguel Cabrera and was immediately ejected. Manager Joe Girardi, irate, soon followed.
While Aroldis Chapman came in to take over from Kahnle, catcher Austin Romine and Miguel Cabrera got into a fight, and the brawl was on.
While the whole brawl is crazy, special attention should be paid to the following: Gary Sanchez going after everyone in sight, David Robertson and the Yankees bullpen sprinting in to help their comrades, Miguel Cabrera getting stuck under the pile and repeatedly punched by everyone in sight.
More ejections followed, and tensions increased when Dellin Betances hit James McCann in the head with a 98 MPH fastball in the eighth inning. However, though Betances protested his innocence, he was ejected as well. Partly due to the chaos, the Yankees actually came back from a 6-3 deficit and tied the game, but a Jose Iglesias homer ensured the Tigers would win, 10-6.
There would be plenty of suspensions handed to both sides, but it certainly made for one of the most entertaining games of the entire 2017 regular season.
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