The Boston Red Sox are in a serious slump. As they lost their tenth straight game, their frustrations began to boil over as thy finished up a game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
This is a pair of two teams that do not like one another and a history of fighting. The two teams cleared their benches once again, this time as a result of a Yunel Escobar steal of third with two outs in the seventh inning and Tampa Bay carrying an 8-3 lead. (The play was ruled defensive indifference.)
Escobar could be seen shouting at the Red Sox dugout, where members of the visiting team had been voicing their displeasure of the stolen base. Escobar left third and made a move toward the dugout, at which time both benches cleared. Here is the video of the event.

This fight could have been much worse as the teams were separated before it got too heated. The world of Twitter chimed in during and after the brawl.
Sports Illustrated broke down the “stupid” brawl.

John Tomase commented on how the frustration of losing, played a role in the brawl.

Pete Abraham got a quote from Red Sox outfielder Johnny Gomes, which summed up the event.

Although the brawl stole the headlines, the bigger news was the fact that the defending champion Boston Red Sox are struggling to get the job done. The Red Sox odds to win the World Series this year are beginning to increase and the sports betting public are starting to favor other teams as noted by the top rated online sportsbook, BetOnline.

The season is not over yet, but things are looking bleak for the Red Sox. This brawl could be the different maker in the season for this team as they try and turn the season around and make a run for another championship.