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Tim Anderson's bat flip sets off fireworks on the field and online

On Wednesday afternoon, the Royals beat the White Sox in extra innings, 4-3. Hunter Dozier hit a go-ahead home run to lead off the 10th inning to give the Royals the win, so obviously the story of the game centered around a home run -- just not the one you think.

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson got the scoring going in the 4th inning with a two-run home run that he absolutely crushed. He was understandably fired up.

The story didn't end there. When Anderson came back to the plate again in the 6th, Royals starter Brad Keller let him know how he felt about the celebration. Everyone else quickly followed suit.

This isn't the first time this season we've seen benches clear after a team took exception to what they saw as a player being a little too into their own home run. Usually when these things happen, players get ejected, fines or suspensions are issued ... and things -- more or less -- end there. Players go home, decompress and come back the next day with a clean slate.

That's not at all how this went down. In fact, the conflict spread beyond just the Royals and White Sox. Here's Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk, apropos of nothing, weighing in on related issues:

Anderson didn't think it was a stretch to interpret it as commentary on the events from his game.

But it wasn't Anderson against the world. In fact, Grichuk's teammate came to his defense:

And Reds pitcher Amir Garrett also jumped in. Bear in mind that Garrett literally played college basketball at St. John's University.

Now, you may be wondering why this is still a topic for debate. Isn't this part of the whole "Let the Kids Play" thing that everyone loved during last year's postseason?

Unsurprisingly, that single commercial wasn't both the start and end of the conversation about the "right way" to play the game. That much is clear from the fact that there was another "Let the Kids Play" campaign for Opening Day.

As Anderson's bat flip -- and Derek Dietrich's staredown before that -- clearly shows, two commercials do not mark the end of a conversation.

While that debate continues, the kids are going to keep playing. And if the first weeks of this season are any indication, it's a lot of fun when the kids play.

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