The Los Angeles Rams will host the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football from Mexico City on Nov. 19, the Rams announced Wednesday, one day before the NFL unveils the rest of the 2018 regular-season schedule.
Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN from Estadio Azteca for what will be the NFL’s second Monday Night Football game in Mexico City, two years after the Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans did the same.
I think that would just create this unique dynamic. If you remember last year when our Drew Pearson stood up to announce our second-round pick in Philadelphia, and it created such a stir in the auditorium there. I think that’s something everybody looked to and said,’That’s actually the kind of atmosphere that you want at one of these events.’ So by having all the teams represented down right in front of the stage, I think we’ve just created some really interesting atmosphere.
Fortunately, although the benches and bullpens emptied, there were no punches, so it did not cause any fighting. On the contrary, the retaliation started the brawl.
In the seventh inning, the second time Austin came to bat following the play at second, Joe Kelly plunked him. I do not believe that the entire Red Sox team or coaching staff is to blame, however, because Austin had been at the plate once already after the incident, and it was the same score, so I doubt there was any sort of conspiracy to hit him. Kelly likely acted on his own.
Granted, the Sox did join the brawl when Austin understandably charged the mound, but that was because they had to protect their teammate, regardless of what he did.
Although Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin was fined for jawing with Red Sox coaches, Kelly and Austin were the only players suspended, marking them the culprits of the brawl. However, hatred clouds misunderstanding, and there are cloudy skies whenever the Yankees and Red Sox face off. Although both organizations have shown class since their respective inceptions, and I am not one to condone violence in baseball, I can say that I will enjoy the rebirth of a legendary rivalry that has been around longer than I have.