The Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Guardians are starting to create an intense rivalry.
There are reasons for that: Minnesota is currently first in the standings, but the Guardians, just one game back, represent direct competition for them.
Cleveland dominated the AL Central from 2016 to 2018, and after a few somewhat mediocre years, appear ready to challenge for the division again.
As it turns out, a specific play on Thursday evidenced that the Guards aren’t messing around.
— Ben Verlander (@BenVerlander) June 30, 2022
In the first inning of Thursday’s game, there were two outs on the scoreboard and a runner at first: Jose Ramirez.
Naylor hit a slow chopper to shortstop (it was around second base but the Twins were shifting).
Ramirez Wasn’t In The Mood For Jokes
Carlos Correa, the Twins shortstop, caught the ball and stood near second base, waiting for Ramirez to make a move to touch the base and complete the forced out.
Since Ramirez stopped, he didn’t make a move for a few seconds.
Once Ramirez tried to quickly touch the base, Correa did it first to get the out and end the inning.
While Correa was all smiles after the play, Ramirez’s face didn’t even more: not even a grin.
It was probably a harmless joke by Correa, but it appears Ramirez didn’t particularly enjoy it.
The game kept going without any further incidents.
Perhaps J-Ram and the Guardians felt a bit of healthy revenge when Gimenez hit his game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth of a tied game.