Mets' Dominic Smith Calls Out Phillies' Jose Alvarado After Benches Clear

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMay 1, 2021

Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Jose Alvarado, right, has an altercation with New York Mets' Dominic Smith (2) as catcher Andrew Knapp tries to intervene after Smith struck out swinging in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 30, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)
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New York Mets left fielder Dominic Smith called out Philadelphia Phillies left-handed reliever Jose Alvarado after a game in which benches cleared and tempers flared en route to a 2-1 home victory for the Phils.

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"I'm a grown-ass man, come meet me there if you really got a problem. Then we can really handle it...he waited for his team to grab him. I'm right there. He can meet me in the tunnel tomorrow if he really wants to get after it." - Dom on Jose Alvarado https://t.co/uZDLQ2XnOZ


Dom Smith on what he said back to Jose Alvarado: "I said a couple explicit things. I'm ready. I'm walking towards you, you don't have to walk to your bench. If you're gonna mother-f me and follow me, then come get me then...I'm a grown-ass man. I don't take none of that s--t" https://t.co/x1k4tN9lxn

Alvarado struck out Smith to end a potential eighth-inning rally. Afterward, he pointed and yelled at Smith, who walked toward Alvarado in response. The teams spilled out of the dugouts in response.


Benches have cleared in Philadelphia after Jose Alvarado yelled at Dom Smith after striking him out. https://t.co/NOBx5zmOBK

Nothing more came of it, and no one was ejected.

The bad blood between the two sides emerged April 13 after Alvarado threw two 100 mph fastballs up and in on outfielder Michael Conforto, who was plunked with the second one. The Mets players, led by Smith, let Alvarado know how they felt about his wildness.


Jose Alvarado comes up and in to Michael Conforto on back-to-back pitches and Conforto is hit by the second pitch. Dominic Smith and the Mets bench weren't pleased. https://t.co/xhkaTO229k

New York is in town for a three-game series against Philadelphia that will continue Saturday at 6:05 p.m. ET in Citizens Bank Park.