Could we be in store for a confrontation tonight (Oct. 9) in Game 3 of the ALDS between the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics?
As you've probably heard by now (or saw at the time), Tigers pitcher Al Alburquerque caused some sore feelings in the ninth inning of Game 2. With runners on first and third in a 4-4 ballgame, Alburquerque got Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes to hit a ground ball back to the pitcher.
Alburquerque then kissed the baseball and looked over at Cespedes before tossing the ball to first base for the out.
Following the game, A's outfielder Josh Reddick told reporters that he didn't like Alburquerque's show of affection.
"I didn't appreciate it," said Reddick, as quoted by the Detroit Free Press' Jeff Seidel. "I thought that was immature. It was not very professional. That's all I got to say about it."
Teammate Jonny Gomes told USA Today's Bob Nightengale that "baseball gods take care of that stuff."
Though Alburquerque may suffer some sort of divine retribution or karmic justice later in the series—personally, I think the baseball gods are laughing over a trumped-up controversy—baseball players have often addressed their grudges and outrage themselves.
That's resulted in some memorable on-field skirmishes and outright brawls. Since we're now in the playoffs, let's look at five of the most infamous confrontations that have taken place during the postseason.