National Anthem ‘Standoff’ Leads to Ejections and Fines for 2 MLB Pitchers

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Two pitchers who indulged in a bit of childish behavior on Saturday have learned that Major League Baseball was not amused.

Kutter Crawford of the Boston Red Sox and Matt Strahm of the Philadelphia Phillies were each thrown out of Saturday’s game for not leaving the field at the conclusion of the national anthem, according to NBC. Strahm is a former Boston teammate of Crawford’s.

Bother players will also be fined, although the amount of the fines was not announced.

Rob Bradford of WEEI-TV posted a clip to Twitter, calling the incident an “old fashioned standoff.”

The clip shows the players standing more or less still for about two minutes, casting glances at each other to see if either was giving up.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said both players were warned, but remained on the field, leading them to be ejected, according to

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