Brosseau on HR off Chapman: Not about revenge

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Marly RiveraESPN Writer


Marly Rivera is a writer for and

SAN DIEGO — Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash called it “the greatest moment” he has been a part of in baseball. Right fielder Austin Meadows said “you can’t script it,” and ace Tyler Glasnow pronounced it a “storybook” ending.

But Mike Brosseau‘s home run Friday against hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman, which gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 5 to win their American League Division Series, might just be poetic justice.

Chapman was given a two-game suspension for hurling a 101 mph fastball near Brosseau’s head on Sept. 1 in what was yet another hostile episode in the newfound American League East rivalry.

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The Yankees’ flamethrower has repeatedly said that he never meant to hit Brosseau, but the pitch cleared the benches and continued escalating the animosity between the clubs. Yankees manager Aaron Boone and Cash both served one-game suspensions in the fallout, when the Tampa Bay manager infamously labeled the Rays’ bullpen “a whole damn stable full of guys that throw 98 mph.”

Though Chapman’s suspension is still

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