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Have you seen this? Pitcher tackles opponent who just hit a home run

Weatherford College hosts North Central Texas College in a game cut short by a brawl.

Weatherford College hosts North Central Texas College in a game cut short by a brawl. (Twitter screenshot of video, @TexasCollegeBSB)


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STAYING ON THE MOUND — Look, I've never been the biggest fan of baseball's unwritten rules.

Don't show up the pitcher after a home run? Bat flips are fun and should be encouraged. On the flip side, pitchers, go nuts if you get a big strikeout.

Don't swing on a 3-0 count with a comfortable lead? Walks are boring, hits are not — and pop outs end a game faster than walks anyway.

Celebrate too much after a home run, and get hit by the next pitch you see? That always seemed a bit excessive.

Don't tackle a home run hitter after he's rounded third? So, technically, this isn't an unwritten rule, but after what happened Tuesday in a junior college game in Texas, it probably should be.

In the top of the sixth inning of a seven-inning matchup, North Central Texas College's Josh Phillips hit a go-ahead home run. As he rounded third, Weatherford pitcher Owen Woodward threw his glove down and bolted after Philips, delivering a WWE-like tackle as Philips ran down the third-base line.

So what caused it?

As of now, no one really knows. Woodward doesn't have a history of such antics, and Phillips didn't even bat flip after hitting the homer.

"We are shocked and disappointed at what happened in our game today," Weatherford's baseball coach Jeff Lightfoot said in a statement. "We do not condone this type of behavior. We have worked hard to build a program with the highest of standards. We are completely embarrassed by this incident, and we apologize to North Central Texas College and the fans of WC baseball. This type of behavior cannot be tolerated."

The school said it is investigating the incident and that Woodward will face potential disciplinary action. The Weatherford College Police Department also begun an investigation and have taken statements.

Umpires suspended the game after the tackle and the short-lived brawl, but not before Phillips was able to get up and finish his home run trot.

He left the game with a homer, a heck of a story, and a case for a new unwritten rule of baseball. And that rule might actually makes some sense.

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