The giants have the right to undo yet another ‘unwritten rules’ controversy

WASHINGTON, DC – The handshake streak that occurred at the end of Friday’s game became the new normal for the Giants. The incident less than 10 minutes ago may be part of the story this season as well.

Before the end of the ninth inning, Nationals player Alcides Escobar walked into the visiting dugout and shouted at the Giants players and coaches. It was not clear what was said but the trigger was clear.

With two wins to top the ninth standings, Giants second team captain Thiru Estrada sprinted from pole position by six runs. Brandon Crawford dropped one goal on the field and Estrada finished third and tried to score. He was expelled, but it was not difficult to see what upset the citizens.

The old “unwritten rules” came into effect again.

The Nationals were annoyed that Estrada launched with a six-game lead, an odd stance to take given how all runs scored in the Giants’ 7-1 victory.

Coach Gabe Kapler said: “We scored seven runs in the Tour tonight. They have Josh Bale, Juan Soto and Nelson Cruz in the middle of their squad, and we know they can score seven in the half as well.”

It is sound logic. However, Kapler found himself on the other end of a hostile opponent for the second time in two weeks. Next, repeat what will likely become an obsolete message.

“For all of the same reasons we’ve talked about before, this is how we think it makes the most sense to attack the series,” Kapler said. “It’s not about one game for us, it’s definitely not about increasing the score. We felt we respected our opponents and we would respect our opponents at every turn. It’s about using every tool at our disposal to complete it. I think you saw their rules were excellent and they threw a bunch of zeros against us. We know. They are a talented and capable group and we need to try and compete at every turn.”

Citizens, of course, did not stop competing. Estrada was sent off, and in the next play Juan Soto took a kick at the start and broke it so hard down the line that he nearly beat Brandon Pelt in the bag.

Soto may have had some anger in those steps, but the citizens shouldn’t take anything personally. Soto and the heart of the squad are precisely why the Giants kept the pressure and they did.

Kapler passed eight innings without his high-impact arms, but what if Soto and Cruz would march to lead the ninth inning and the Bell teams, who hit 27 bombs last year, Homer? Kapler had to rush Tyler Rogers or Camilo Duval into the game, or at least force some of his most valuable painkillers to warm up.

It makes no sense to calm down, so the giants will continue to push. They know opponents will go crazy sometimes, although Nationals manager Dave Martinez didn’t go into specifics after the match.

Escobar refused to speak to reporters, but at the other club, Austin Slater said he felt that Escobar “come toward our lair, I think, was a little over the line.”

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The Giants quickly advanced, hoping there won’t be repercussions for the rest of the series. They know this won’t be the last time they deal with this.

“It’s a bit of old school, unwritten rules, or whatever you want to call it, which I think people still stick to,” Slater said. “I think those days are over and you have to play until the last time.”

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