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Reactions to the Alcides Escobar injury

Playing hard or dirty play?

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Here is the slide in question one more time.

Jon Heyman agrees it was dirty.

Sam Mellinger thinks it may not have been intentional, but it was reckless.

Brett Lawrie did a reckless thing. He did a reckless thing, sliding late with his right spike high and colliding into another man’s leg, taking that man out of the game with a play that eventually cleared both benches. So it was reckless, how the A’s third baseman slid into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar in the seventh inning. It was dirty, too, because even with context, there is no need for Lawrie to come in with his spike high and off the base — directly into Escobar’s leg. But there is no reason to believe it was malicious, and there is an important distinction here.

Eric Hosmer agrees:

"I don’t think he meant anything by it, honestly,"

Brett Lawrie insists it he meant no harm.

Alcides isn't buying it.

And it isn't the first time he's been hit hard by A's players.

And Brett hasn't apologized.

The injury doesn't seem as bad as originally thought.

In fact, he might play tonight.

But hopefully sanity prevails.