25 Best Rage-Faces in Baseball
Whether we're talking about players, managers or umpires, everyone in baseball takes a great deal of pride in their work.
As we'll see, pride can easily boil over into rage, as anyone on the field can get caught up in the heat of the moment.
We won't always know the reasoning behind their displays of emotions, but nonetheless, here are some of the best "rage" faces that we've seen on the field.
Jason Kendall spent many games behind the plate during his time in baseball, so he knows all too well what an altercation with both opposing players or umpires can feel like, which is why he's displaying a form of "hold me back!" rage.
Another catcher, another display of "hold me back!" rage, as Ivan Rodriguez needed Jim Leyland to keep him away from the umpire.
He looks crazy.
Paul Wilson appears to have a little bit of "what just happened?" rage going on here after Kyle Farnsworth took him to the proverbial woodshed.
In what's one of the more memorable tirades in baseball history, George Brett showcased some "YOU SAID WHAT?!" rage after umpire Tim McLelland called him out upon seeing pine tar on his bat.
A.J. Pierzynski has been considered one of the most disliked players in baseball, so you can't altogether blame Michael Barrett for taking him up on his "hit me" rage face.
Nyjer Morgan is definitely one of the more eccentric figures in the game, and his multiple personalities have reared themselves on numerous occasions in Milwaukee.
He's still definitely also remembered for the violent altercation in Washington that earned him an eight-game suspension.
Jeff Kent would never be mistaken for one of the most likeable players in the league, and in San Francisco, he didn't help temper his place in the spotlight after his dugout altercation with slugger Barry Bonds.
Rage, maybe not.
Excruciating pain, definitely.
It's impossible to create a list like this without including Milton Bradley, whose unstable demeanor and constant antics brought about many scenes similar to this one.
Nolan Ryan was many years older than Robin Ventura when this brawl took place, and as the old man got some good licks in, he showcased a great "come here you little punk" rage face.
The next two slides won't actually showcase the culprits' faces, but seeing the whole body of work, as Juan Marichal is a bat-wielding maniac during this brawl and paints a clear enough picture for us to imagine just about what it could look like.
Much like Marichal, Jose Offerman must've really blown a gasket to react like this.
That pitcher looks terrified.
The rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox has yielded a number of testy moments, some during postseason play.
I'm sure Yankees reliever Tanyon Sturtze didn't think this through before acting, but I have to believe a situation rarely ends well when David Ortiz has his arm wrapped around your neck.
Coco Crisp/James Shields
The end result of this brawl between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays was suspensions for eight players, and some great action shots.
Carlos Zambrano could very well have found a place to regain composure in this league as a member of the Miami Marlins—a far cry from his days in Chicago.
He had many moments during his days in a Cub uniform, this being a display of "I can't throw a baseball, so I'll throw my glove" rage.
Umpires hate nothing more than being questioned by players and managers that question their decisions, and Bob Davidson let Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon know it as he showcased his "HOW DOES MY BREATH SMELL?!?!" rage.
I'm not entirely sure who this player is, but to me, he looks like Ray Lewis, and that must terrify the pitcher he's about to destroy.
Both Kevin Youklis and Rick Porcello were suspended five games for their actions in a brawl between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers, but right here, it looks like Youk has a bit of a "Why on earth are you hugging me?!?" face.
Maybe some of the N.Y. fans out there can elaborate on exactly what Keith Olberman could say to get Roger Clemens this amped up, but for me, it simply looks like a case of "roid" rage.
As mentioned earlier, umpires don't like being confronted with opposition from players or managers, and while they're sometimes wrong (as this guy clearly knows), they still seem to relish the opportunity to show their "I HAVE THE POWER" rage face.
"Angry old man" rage.
It's not right to pick on people wearing glasses, but as Toronto Blue Jays reliever Kevin Gregg spouts off at the umpire here, I can't help but see a bit of "nerd" rage.
Stephen Strasburg is entering the 2012 season as one of the best young pitchers in the game, and while he missed a great deal of 2011, he'll no doubt come back strong this time around.
He came into the league with much fanfare in 2010, giving opposing batters his "You're not touching this baseball" face all along the way—at least until he blew out his arm.
It's Jose Canseco, so this can't be anything other than "I'm a jerk" rage.
No slideshow about rage would be complete without including the most polarizing figure in the game today.
Given his recent troubles regarding statements about Fidel Castro, Ozzie Guillen frequently displays "foot in mouth" rage.