Happy Sunday, Athletics Nation!
Angels’ third baseman Anthony Rendon seems to have a pretty short fuse to complement his defensive range. After the Angels’ 2-1 loss to the A’s at the Coliseum on Thursday, video surfaced of Rendon grabbing a fan who had apparently taunted him and sharing a few choice words.
Wow! Uncool! pic.twitter.com/FNRFWL46A0— PetrosAndMoneyShow (@PetrosAndMoney) March 31, 2023
Jeff Fletcher at The Orange County Register posted a video of the incident from another angle in which Rendon appears to have coaxed his alleged heckler to within arms length.
Here’s a new video, by the way.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) April 1, 2023
MLB is investigating the incident and will hopefully issue an appropriate suspension to Rendon, who was suspended last June for his part in a brawl with the Mariners.
The Oakland Police Department also stated that it is investigating a battery that occurred at the Coliseum on Friday, though they did not confirm that it involved Rendon.
Rendon, Angels general manager Perry Minasian, and manager Phil Nevin all declined to comment yesterday. This is understandable given the investigations, but the Angels could have made a solid gesture by benching Rendon for physically threatening a fan in the stands. Instead, he started Saturday’s game. Stay classy, Slegna!
The A’s will vie to win the season’s first series today in a battle between lefties Ken Waldichuk and Tyler Anderson. First pitch at 1:07 PT. Let’s go, Oakland!
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Best of Twitter:
Fuji’s mom looks like she knows what will happen.
Fuji's mom is locked in pic.twitter.com/XCTWi2kouD— A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) April 1, 2023
Still an auspicious occasion for the A’s new flamethrower.
Fuji and his mom at the Coliseum— A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) April 1, 2023
Thomas gets props for a big day at the plate with the Aviators.
A’s Prospect of the Day is DH Cody Thomas who hit for the cycle for @AviatorsLV on Friday…https://t.co/g0CAtruStI pic.twitter.com/YmUm3Uzezd— Athletics Farm (@AthleticsFarm) April 1, 2023
Pache back in the NL East.
Cristian Pache made his Phillies debut today ⚪️pic.twitter.com/jfyeLQ20rW— The Rickey Henderson of Blogs (@RickeyBlog) April 2, 2023