Toronto's first base coach gave Yordano Ventura the 'zip your lip' signal and a staredown ensued
Ah, the staredown. Whether defusing tension with an umpire or intimidating a would-be baserunner, it's baseball's preferred method of conflict resolution -- and Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday was a master class in the form.
To set the scene: It all started when Royals starter Yordano Ventura struck out Troy Tulowitzki to end the top of the fourth, and made sure to let him know about it:
Enter Blue Jays first base coach Tim Leiper. Always one to have his shortstop's back, he decided to have a little fun with Ventura. But rather than opt for a more traditional approach, Leiper went with a throwback: The kindergarten classic, "The Zip It."
But, even with his lips properly zipped, Ventura knew just how to respond. When he came out of the game in the top of the sixth, he hit Leiper with a grade A staredown:
The confident stride, the unwavering glare, the ability to just walk off into the dugout -- this is the Holy Grail of standoffs. Ventura's also pretty good at this whole pitching thing -- he threw 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, as the Royals pulled out a dramatic 4-3 win to advance to the World Series.
What sort of staredown shenanigans will the Fall Classic have in store? There's only one way to find out: Tune in to FOX on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. ET for Game 1. No matter what, we're sure Clint Eastwood will be awfully proud.