Brewers' Rhys Hoskins hilariously calls Jeff McNeil a crybaby as benches clear on Opening Day

McNeil was upset after Hoskins had a late slide into him at second base

Mar 29, 2024; New York City, New York, USA; Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Rhys Hoskins (12) reacts
Mar 29, 2024; New York City, New York, USA; Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Rhys Hoskins (12) reacts / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

It didn't take long for tempers to flare this season. On Opening Day, there was a benches clearing incident between the Brewers and Mets.

In the top of the 8th inning, Rhys Hoskins made a hard slide into Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil to break up a double play. McNeil couldn't get a handle on the transfer and the double play wasn't turned. But Hoskins' slide was immediately upsetting to McNeil, who started shouting profanities at Hoskins while he was on the ground.

Hoskins walked away, but McNeil kept shouting and my amateur lip-reading skills tell me shouted a two word phrase that starts with "F" and ends with "You".

Rhys Hoskins had a legendary and hilarious response

Long after the play was over and both teams were trying to move on with the game, McNeil was still screaming at Hoskins. So Hoskins rubbed his eyes and called him a crybaby. He gave McNeil the "waaaaa".

Here's another angle

The umpires reviewed the play for an illegal slide but they ruled that Hoskins' slide was legal. He stayed on the bag, didn't go out of the baseline, and made a completely legal play that McNeil lost his mind over.

Now there is some history between these sides. Hoskins spent six years with the Philadelphia Phillies, the NL East rival of the Mets, so they've had previous run ins. Now with a new team, Hoskins is still drawing the ire of the Mets.

Instances like this can help pull a team closer together. The Mets can rally around McNeil and wipe up his tears with extra soft tissues while the Brewers can rally around Hoskins and his hard nosed play.

While it was a hard slide that looked bad at full speed, McNeil's overreaction led to the bench clearing incident. No punches were thrown, just a lot of profanities from McNeil.

Hoskins got up and did not fire right back at McNeil despite his screaming, something that likely would've led to more of a fight than just a war of words. That was a smart move on his part to avoid a suspension, but he made a legal play, then mocked McNeil's crying about a legal play.

There's still two more games to be played between these teams in this series. It wouldn't be surprising to see tempers flare up again before the weekend is over. If Hoskins gets hit by a pitch on Saturday, you can be sure warnings will be given and benches may clear once more.