No one can accuse Yasiel Puig of being boring. Minutes after news broke that the Cincinnati Reds had traded Puig to the Cleveland Indians for Trevor Bauer, the right fielder took part in a benches-clearing brawl in the Reds’ 11-4 loss to the Pirates.
Tensions had been mounting between the two teams all game — and season, going back to April’s brawl in Pittsburgh — and in the ninth inning, Reds pitcher Amir Garrett had had enough, charging off the mound and throwing a punch at Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams. The benches cleared and the fight was on, with Puig right in the middle:
The Reds' and Pirates' benches have cleared. pic.twitter.com/za8hYc0zuX
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) July 31, 2019
Multiple players and coaches were ejected, including Puig, who received a standing ovation on his way to the locker room, where he had to pack up his locker.
Just finished interviewing Yasiel Puig. He told me “I love my teammates” and “I loved Cincinnati.” His bats, glove and cleats were all packed up. Puig ended the interview by shaking every reporter’s hand and thanking us for working with him. Good dude. #Reds
— Brandon Saho (@BrandonSaho) July 31, 2019
Pictures and videos of the fight are still going viral this morning. This photo by Sam Greene is an instant classic:
— Sam Greene (@SGdoesit) July 31, 2019
Shannon the Dude added his spin to it:
— Shannon The Dude (@ShannonTheDude) July 31, 2019
The cop who calmly walks by is now an internet star:
The police officer is the best part of the Reds Pirates brawl. pic.twitter.com/8IQOp8tlbg
— Gary C. Bertsch (@GaryCBertsch) July 31, 2019
Goodbye, Yasiel Puig. We’ll always have this memory of you wearing a jersey with no sleeves:
Now on to the rest of today’s news…
Today is the UK Football Kickoff Luncheon
Today, talking season resumes as Mark Stoops, Eddie Gran, and Brad White address fans at the Kickoff Banquet at Kroger Field. Nick Roush will be on hand to pass along any news and enjoy the buffet. Tomorrow, Mitch Barnhart will preview the 2019-20 athletics season. On Friday, things really kick into high gear at Media Day, and on Saturday, fans will get to meet the team and watch them in action at an open practice. By then, camp will officially have begun and we’ll have practice reports to hold us over until football is finally here. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait.
Meet the newcomers on offense
On Monday, UK introduced the new guys on defense; yesterday, it was the offensive rookies’ turn. Get to know quarterbacks Amani Gilmore and Nik Scalzo, tight end Nikolas Ognenovic, offensive tackle Jake Pope, and running back Travis Tisdale:
New additions to the family on the offensive side of the ball. #BBN, make sure to welcome them with a follow:@iam_maniiii @N11KOLAS @NikScalzo @jake_pope14 @TravisTis6ale_ #BringIt pic.twitter.com/NR5czZl3DW
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) July 30, 2019
Kentucky snapping the Florida streak makes an appearance in the latest SEC Short
“SEC Shorts” is a great YouTube series about college football in the South, and Kentucky’s win over Florida gets a mention in the latest episode about a Smack Talking Barbershop Quartet:
Hey now, we’ve got plenty more good players. Also, can we send these guys to a South Carolina fan’s door to sing about the five-game winning streak? Thanks.
I’ll leave you with this picture of a backpack spotted in a Memphis Walmart:
Clearly, someone still gets their UK and KUs mixed up.
Radio in an hour.