Braves: Sandy Alcantara says he was ready to fight Acuña in Game 1

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The ongoing drama between Ronald Acuña and the Marlins has reached an all-time high heading into Game 2 of the NLDS. If you missed what happened in Game 1, here’s a brief recap.

On the second pitch out of Sandy Alcantara’s hand, Ronald Acuña sent one to the moon, landing 428-feet the other way, to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.

Then this happened in his next at-bat…

As you can expect, given the history between Acuña and the Marlins, both Acuña and Brian Snitker were not pleased that only a warning was issued. It seemed like a bit of an odd time for Alcantara to exact revenge, but a 98 MPH fastball that far inside deserves to be questioned.

Initially, I didn’t think Alcantara did it on purpose, but his comments after the game now have me thinking otherwise. Here’s what he told reporters when asked about the incident:

Standing 6’5″, Alcantara’s a big guy, but I’m not here to get into who would win in a fight between him and Acuña. However, with those words now made public, the Marlins better not be allowed to hit Acuña, or any Braves’ hitter for that matter, again. Thankfully, it doesn’t look like Acuña is too worried about it.

Clearly, Alcantara took exception to how Acuña pimped his leadoff home run, and the Marlins ace handled it like a baby. Major League Baseball has to step in and make sure this isn’t allowed for the remainder of this series and going forward. The Marlins have gotten away with this type of Busch League crap for way too long, and something needs to be done about it.

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