Merloni's issue with Red Sox-Rays bench-clearing incident

Merloni's issue with Red Sox-Rays bench-clearing incident
May 26, 2014, 1:45 am
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Lou Merloni has an issue with the Red Sox dugout clearing after Yunel Escobar stole third base and continued to jaw with members of the Sox in the dugout.

He's not mad that the dugout cleared, but that it didn't happen sooner.

"The issue that I have," Merloni said, "and I don't mind at all what Jonny Gomes did, and I'm glad I heard him say this after the game, he said, 'I don't care about the stolen base. I have issue with the guy taking his helmet off and basically challenging my entire dugout.' Now that is reason to go after the guy, I'm good with that. But I have a problem. It looked like he was jawing at the dugout for five or ten seconds and everybody just had this look on their face like nobody was going to do anything about it. Their left fielder ended up doing something about it. At that point, someone's got to jump over the rail and go out there. That's just the way it is."

Dan Shaughnessy has no idea why the Sox were upset at Escobar to begin with. It a five-run game but with plenty of baseball to be played. Had the Sox already given up or something? Why else would they have a problem with it?

"They don't contest it, he takes the bag," Shaughnessy said. "The game's supposed to be over when it's 8-3 in the 7th inning?"

Boston staged a mini rally in the 9th inning, further proving that trying to score earlier in the game was the right idea by Joe Maddon's Rays.