Sports

Let's Watch Rougned Odor Punch Jose Bautista In the Face Again and Again

The Rangers nascent rivalry with the Toronto Blue Jays went full boil Sunday afternoon, when Texas second baseman Rougned Odor landed a clean right hook to Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista's jaw during the top of the eighth inning of the rubber match of a three-game series.

Following being hit by a Matt Bush pitch to open the eighth, Bautista went for Odor's knees in an attempt to injure Odor break up a double play. Odor took exception and threw one of the better shots you'll even see in a baseball fight, staggering Bautista, who's been a public enemy in Arlington ever since his home run, and ensuing bat flip, that knocked the Rangers out of last year's playoffs.

The Rangers won 7-6. Odor, already a fan favorite, is now a folk hero. Long live Roogie.   
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Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014. He's a Dallas native and a graduate of the University of North Texas.
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