Houston Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron made a vile comment to Oakland Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano regarding his mother, prompting Laureano to charge the Astros’ bench Sunday and leading to a melee expected to result in lengthy suspensions, Laureano told ESPN on Monday.
After being hit by a pitch for the third time in the series and second time in the game, Laureano pantomimed toward pitcher Humberto Castellanos how to properly snap off a slider, prompting a response from the Astros’ bench. Laureano said that Cintron uttered an expletive at him, which Laureano returned. Then, Laureano told ESPN, Cintron “said in Spanish something you don’t say about my mother.”
Following the exchange of words, Cintron, as shown on replays, stepped out of the first-base dugout and motioned for Laureano to come at him. Laureano ran toward Cintron, who stayed behind Astros players as Laureano was tackled and the benches for both teams emptied.
Through an Astros employee, Cintron denied talking about Laureano’s mother. He declined to detail what he did…