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Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies calls out teammate Marcell Ozuna for laziness on the basepaths.
On Friday, April 29, the Atlanta Braves were leading the Texas Rangers 6-2 in the top of the seventh inning with the Braves at bat.
Rangers reliever Albert Abreu had just thrown ball four to Braves outfielder Adam Duvall on a pitch that sailed right past Texas backstop Mitch Garver.
As the pitch sailed past Garver, Marcell Ozuna, the baserunner on third base, seemed to consider sprinting home before Garver was able to quickly recover the ball and flip it to Abreu at home plate.
Ozuna thought better of advancing after getting a bad jump and made a surprisingly low-effort move to get back to third, one that teammate Ozzie Albies, standing on second base, was not a fan of.
Braves: Ozzie Albies calls out Marcell Ozuna
Albies can be seen in the above video scolding Ozuna after the play, seemingly yelling at him for a lack of effort in advancing and later, returning, to third base.
The lack of effort on Ozuna’s part also left Albies’ advancement to third base in jeopardy. Albies was more than halfway to third when Ozuna decided to turn back. It is a reasonable assumption to make that Albies was primarily annoyed because Ozuna waited so long to turn back, a move that could’ve easily ended in them getting doubled up.
Shortly after Albies began barking towards Ozuna, the latter player waved him off in a “whatever” type of move, turning his back and attempting to dodge the criticism from his teammate.
As soon as the exchange appeared to be over, Albies began to approach Ozuna, waving his arms and openly mocking Ozuna’s slow reaction time.
Near the end of the video, Albies can be seen saying “let’s go! let’s go! Wake the f**k up!” to the 31-year old Ozuna.
Fortunately for all parties involved, the Braves were able to win the contest in Texas thanks to home runs from Austin Riley, Travis Demeritte and two from William Contreras.
Albies and Ozuna had a much calmer conversation during a pitching change a short while later, seemingly talking it out and moving past the incident. The two are known to have a friendship on and off the field but their heated incident in Friday night’s game certainly did not look friendly.