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Rays’ Sergio Romo sets off near-brawl over Michael A. Taylor disrespecting him with stolen base three weeks ago...

Sergio Romo felt disrespected when Michael A. Taylor stole a base off him with a big lead a few weeks back in D.C., so he barked at Taylor after striking him out today in a move that was totally respectful.

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Sergio Romo apparently has a Hunter Strickland-esque memory... and lack of self-control.

Tampa Bay’s veteran right-hander didn’t like Michael A. Taylor stealing third on him late in a Washington Nationals’ win in the nation’s capital back on June 6th, in what was then a 9-2 game in the Nats’ favor, and he barked at Taylor from the opposing dugout for quite a while that day, telling reporters after the 11-2 loss he thought it was disrespectful.

“I’m just pretty sure no one is stealing with [Max] Scherzer on the mound with a seven-run difference, no matter what the inning,’’ Romo said, as quoted by Tampa Bay Times’ writer Marc Topkin, who noted that Taylor scoring on an errant throw by Rays’ backstop Wilson Ramos on the play only added fuel to Romo’s fire.

“I understand it. It’s foot on the gas pedal. I get it. … You’re playing hard, and you saw an opportunity to take a bag,’’ Romo said.

”There’s just things that were here before you and will be here after you that definitely don’t need to be said or written about. I’ve got no quarrels. I just didn’t like that he took off.’’

Three weeks later, Romo had his revenge, coming on in the ninth with the bases loaded and one out in a 1-0 game in the Rays’ favor and popping Trea Turner up to right before striking Taylor out with an 0-2 slider for the final out of the game. Of course, he then proceeded to march toward home plate while pointing and hollering at Taylor, resulting in both benches clearing in a near-brawl that broke up when cooler heads prevailed.

“Sergio was a little upset that we ran on him at home, which I didn’t find a big deal,” Davey Martinez told reporters after his team’s second straight shutout loss in Tropicana Field.

“If he gets mad he should get mad at me, but don’t show up one of our players.

“I know Kevin Cash, he’ll take care of that over there, but don’t do that. He’s been in this league a long time to know you don’t do that stuff.”

Taylor’s response?


Well that was fun, outside of the Nationals getting shut out in back to back losses and all...