CHICAGO (CBS) — Will White Sox slugger Yermin Mercedes face retaliation for his moonshot home run in Monday night’s blowout?
Here’s what the big debate is about. With a position player tossing a 47 mph pitch on a 3-0 count — with the Sox up by 11 — Mercedes went swinging for the fences.READ MORE: Intoxicated Chicagoan Driver Attempted to Flee Traffic Stop On I-80/94 East, Indiana State Police Say
The unwritten baseball rules say he shouldn’t swing.
Old school Tony La Russa agrees and apologized to the Twins.
“He’s not going to to that again. He plays the game and respects the game of baseball. He made a mistake. There will be a consequence he has to endure within our family.”READ MORE: At Least 2 Killed, 17 Wounded In Weekend Shootings In Chicago
For his part, Mercedes says he just wants to have fun.
“I’m not thinking about anything. I am just thinking about me, about what I need to do. You need to have fun.”
Sure enough, Minnesota Twins reliever Tyler Duffey was ejected Tuesday night after throwing behind Mercedes.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Storms Coming Sunday
With one out in the seventh and the White Sox up 4-2, Mercedes came to the plate and Duffey threw the first pitch of the at-bat behind the slugger’s legs. Duffey and manager Rocco Baldelli then were ejected by home plate umpire Jim Reynolds.