Upton and Longo Fought like true Brothers
Come on people, families fight. Can you honestly tell me that you do not fight, even as adults with your siblings when you get together about the little things, or if something annoys you? Honestly can you really play that naïve that your family situation is always crystal clear with no down moments or frustrating elements. If so, then you are definitely a made-for-Television family drama in the making. That is why the recent B J Upton/Evan Longoria dust-up really doesn’t get me all up in a lather here.
The Tampa Bay Rays have portrayed their clubhouse as a bit of a family unit in recent years. A bit of a fraternity of brotherhood which each members having their own good and bad elements that play out during the season. With that in mind, a family can argue and tussle and all is forgotten within minutes. Then why again is this recent argument so vital to the Rays? First off, it clears the emotional air and puts the game back into prospective for all involved. The disagreement came after a costly mistake that netted the winning run, but was not the cause of the loss.
You have to ask yourself, if Upton’s long drive would have been to the left 3 feet and gone out for the Walk-off victory, would this display ever have happened? Would Evan and B J hugged it out on the field after he crossed Home Plate, or would it never have surfaced at all? Common sense tells you it was a heat of the moment event, and one that Longoria needed to get off his chest. Because of the closeness of Upton and Longoria, the event might have been amped up a bit, but the true emotions and actions and reactions show that this was not staged or contrived in any possible way.
Did Upton really do some that was so wrong? Upton is used to working with All-Star Carl Crawford in Leftfield, and might have made an error in judgment to expect Matt Joyce to get to that ball before him. Upton made a critical mistake by going into a trailing role during the play assuming that Joyce was racing for the ball. That kind of mistake does happen when you are beginning to work with another outfielder. That same moment was bound to happen sometime, it just materialized at the wrong time for either Upton or Joyce to hold D-Back hitter Rusty Ryal’s to a double. Families seem to forgive mistakes, the media does not.
And who knows, if Longoria had attended the Rays Season Ticket holder party on Sunday night ,maybe Upton and Longo would have signed autographs back-to-back as the issue was over and done with. But then again, that is what you do as a family. You fight, argue, and make your point, then you forgive, forget and again bond back into that protective family unit…..Or that is at least what the Brady Bunch did.