The benches and bullpens emptied for the Mets and Pirates on Tuesday night when Josh Harrison's slide in to second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera in the eighth inning broke up a would-be inning-ending double play.
From the mound, Jeurys Familia started screaming at Harrison, who jawed back. And as players rushed in from the dugouts and bullpens, Cabrera's first move was to ... hug Harrison.
Familia left the ballpark without addressing reporters, but Cabrera and Harrison both felt the slide was a good, clean baseball play. And they were right.
Cabrera said he "didn't think it was a dirty slide," and Harrison said he thinks he "played the game the right way" in that moment. Mets manager Mickey Callaway also weighed in, saying that perhaps Familia got caught up in the heat of the moment.
Whether it was misguided or not, Callaway liked the emotion.
"Maybe it was a good thing we cleared the benches," Callaway said. "We showed a little fight and fire."
The last actual on-field fight the Mets were involved in was way back in Game 161 of the 2007 season at Citi Field against the Marlins.