The Royals and Orioles have had a testy rivalry since last October when Kansas City swept the American League East champions in the League Championship Series. Since then the Royals have gone onto have another dream season, while a recent slump has ended Baltimore's hopes of contention. The tensions remain, however, especially after Baltimore's ten-run eighth inning on Friday night.
During the offensive onslaught, Royals reliever Franklin Morales plunked Orioles slugger Chris Davis. Davis reacted angrily, perhaps because he has been hit three times in his last eight games. Morales, however, quickly signaled that the pitch was not intentional. Orioles manager Buck Showalter disagreed, getting ejected in a tirade with the umpires.
Orioles fans also seemed to disagree, led by NFL writer Jason La Canfora. La Canfora, a Baltimore native and contributor for CBS Sports, had some choice words for the Royals on Twitter.
Like anyone needed another reason to despise the Royals. Bush league. Toughest part is figuring out which guy most worthy of drilling Sat...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 12, 2015
Where has this been all year? The Cleaver with the 2nd salami of the inning #theseroyalsarefrauds— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 12, 2015
"Frauds" that have won 16 more games than the Orioles this year. To quote Ryan Lefebvre, what does that make the Orioles?
La Canfora then got specific about the Royals he disliked the most.
@olbagofdonuts nope. They are impossible to like from ventura to Hosmer to moustakis to the fans voting backups to the all star game— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 12, 2015
Ventura, sure. Hosmer, okay, I guess he can be cocky on the bases. Moustakas? The puppy-owning All-Star with an ailing mother? What on earth did he do?
La Canfora then resorted to calling for Royals players to get hurt.
Alright Givens, I know that ball is slippery. With that awkward delivery of yours and all, one might just get away from you...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 12, 2015
Wait, I thought that was bush league?
The sore feelings continued into Saturday's game.
Been tied up with work stuff. Ventura throw at anyone's head yet? Or just licking his wounds?— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 12, 2015
Ventura then hit Manny Machado to load the bases for Chris Davis in a two-run game, an obviously unintentional plunking. But not to La Canfora.
What a shocker. Typical Ventura— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 12, 2015
He continued his calls for the Royals to get hit.
@masnRoch bigger question is will he drill anybody? Fingers crossed— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 12, 2015
Jason might be better off sticking to football. At least he'll have more time to dedicate to that sport this October without any Orioles games to distract him.