The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Houston Astros on national television on Saturday night in a game that is always going to draw attention. As long as there are still members of the 2017 Astros on the roster, every Dodgers-Astros game is going to be a must-see.
Saturday's game was filled with ups and downs as the Dodgers took an early 3-0 lead, quickly squandered it after an Alex Bregman grand slam, and then fought tooth and nail to come back. With the game tied 7-7 in the bottom of the eighth, Dusty Baker went to right-handed Ryne Stanek to keep the game tied.
With runners on second and third and two outs, Stanek did the worst thing a pitcher could do in that spot: he committed a balk to allow the go-ahead (and eventual winning) run to score. Stanek would escape the inning without anymore damage, only to instantly get ejection with a child-like meltdown.
Ryne Stanek gets ejected after balk, can't help but yell at Dodgers fans in the process
Maybe we shouldn't have called this a child-like meltdown as no child should be using the language that Stanek was using in this clip, but we digress. At least the hot mic wasn't too active for FOX or else the censor button would have been in full force.
The funniest part of the entire meltdown is when Stanek was very obviously yelling at Dodgers fans something in the ballpark of "shut the (expletive) up". He then continued to go at it with fans once he entered the dugout. Stanek was not a happy camper, and goodness was it hilarious for Dodgers fans.
It was clear to anyone watching the game at the time that Stanek was going to absolutely explode on second-base umpire Junior Valentine. After all, the balk was questionable and if that happened to the Dodgers then it would have been just as outrageous.
But let's also not forget that the Astros were bailed out in that inning by a James Outman double getting stuck in the wall to keep the go-ahead run from scoring, instead keeping the runner at third. Astros fans would have a bigger soapbox to stand on if the team literally didn't get insanely lucky just moments prior.
As the old saying goes, ball never lies. In this case, balk never lies.