TMZ- The World Series hasn't just been a slugfest on the field ... Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch was involved in a heated altercation after Game 1 and cops were called ...TMZ Sports has learned.
Here's what we know ... Hinch was hanging out at the bar at the team hotel in Pasadena on Tuesday night after Houston lost Game 1 to the Dodgers.
We're told he was having some drinks -- when some hotel guests came in and started talking trash about the Astros.
Sources say Hinch "snapped" and unleashed on the other patrons -- cursing and yelling in the middle of the bar. One witness tells us the incident turned physical and cops were called to separate the two parties.
We spoke with Pasadena PD and we were told they responded to the hotel at 10:30 PM to help security "keep the peace" during an incident involving Houston Astros "team management."
Don't you just love when people in professional sports prove that they're not all that much different than you and me?
I haven't the slightest idea if these people knew who A.J. Hinch was when they started bashing the team he's led to the World Series. However, due to a lack of details, I'm envisioning a scenario where a bunch of casual Los Angeles fans (I know, that's redundant) strut into the bar and start talking directly out of their ass. I see the Astros' manager sitting with his back to their table, forcing himself to take deep breathes between sips from a glass of mind-clearing whiskey so as to rid himself of the oblivious voices growing louder and louder in his brain. Well, at least until they made one unforgivable comment that lacked such an understanding of Major League Baseball that it instinctually made a man who has devoted his life to the game flip his goddamn lid.
Now, that's just a hypothetical. It's entirely possible that these dudes plopped right down next to him at that hotel bar with a purpose. Whatever the case may be, the fact that A.J. Hinch couldn't restrain himself while knowing damn well the ramifications that would result from fist fighting moronic Dodgers' fans on the eve of Game 2 makes me smile. Not just because a "bar fight" at an upscale hotel is a hilarious visual. But also because that hilarious visual features the manager of a professional baseball team losing his emotional inhibitions by way of alcohol at the least opportune time and transforming into the 43 year old sports fan that exists underneath his Houston Astros' jersey.