USA vs Mexico. The rivalry is no joke. If you watch soccer, you know how heated those matchups get. And since the two sides meet much less frequently when it comes to baseball, it appears as if Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith wants to amplify the intensity.
Shortly before the start of Sunday Night's World Baseball Classic matchup between Team USA and Team Mexico, Tampa Bay Rays slugger Randy Arozarena approached the batter's box to lead off the game.
He greeted the umpire with a friendly pat and then directed his attention to Smith, who was starting at catcher. Arozarena tapped him on the shoulder and motioned for a fist bump. Nothing. He inched closer with his arm. Smith looked down at it and didn't flinch. Not today, sir. We're about to do battle. Arozarena turned his attention to the pitcher and the game was underway.
Thankfully, Smith's rejection of Arozarena's greeting isn't being viewed unfavorably at the moment, but we're sure Twitter will figure out a way blow it all out of proportion. In the end, Mexico got the last laugh with an 11-5 victory, so there you go, haters.
Smith went 1-for-4 with a solo homer and Arozarena, undeterred by the lack of a return fist bump, went 3-for-5 with two RBI.
Dodgers' Will Smith creates Twitter stir at WBC with Randy Arozarena
Smith probably hasn't forgotten Game 4 of the 2020 World Series when Arozarena scored the winning walk-off run for the Tampa Bay Rays in one of the craziest finishes to a playoff game in MLB history. Arozarena should've been thrown out by a mile, but Smith mishandled the relay throw and Arozarena slid into home, slapping the plate multiple times as he teammates ran onto the field to celebrate.
Honestly, many Dodgers fans didn't think Smith had this type of reaction in him. He's usually reserved and humble, and never at the center of any controversy, no matter how insignificant. But the more you think about it, the more this tracks. Smith takes his job as seriously as any pro baseball player, which helps speak to his competitive personality. Just because he isn't flamboyant doesn't mean he lacks edge -- he's not trying to make friends during an international competition!
Next up for Team USA is Team Canada on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. PST. Smith's only option is to double down and snub his Dodgers teammate Freddie Freeman if he goes in for a friendly shake.
That's the kind of Twitter reaction the baseball world needs.