It was not a sleepy Thursday afternoon baseball game at Comerica Park as tempers flared in the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees game. Miguel Cabrera exchanged words with Austin Romine behind home plate before throwing a punch at Romine’s face then missed with a second punch. The two went down to the ground as Romine appears to throw punches at Cabrera’s back while the two were tangled up.
From there, things got even crazier as both benches cleared including the bullpens. It is difficult to make out exactly what happened after that as a giant scrum broke out.
Things got testy earlier in the game after Michael Fulmer hit Gary Sanchez. Sanchez had hit a home run earlier in the game. Tommy Kahnle appeared to retaliate by throwing behind Cabrera and was ejected. This led up to the exchange between Cabrera and Romine.
The Tigers were up 6-3 at the bottom of the sixth at the time of the fight. New York won the first two games of the three-game series. The Tigers took two out of three games against the Yankees earlier this month.
Things got worse at the bottom of the seventh after the Tigers James McCann was hit in the head by a pitch from Dellin Betances. The benches once again cleared after Betances appeared to deliberately hit McCann:
Fans can expect Cabrera and other players to be disciplined. From the multiple angles of the fight, it appears Romine got the worst of the brawl as it does not look like there were major punches thrown when the two teams collided on the field the first time.
Here’s a different angle of the original fight:
A fan sitting behind the dugout took this video:
This is what the fight looked like from behind home plate:
Here’s a look at a little higher view from behind home plate:
Here was Twitter’s reaction to the brawl including photos taken during the fight: