Red Sox can’t let go of their Tyler Austin hate

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Following the Red Sox’s bench-clearing melee with the Yankees at Fenway last week, Boston’s Triple-A Pawtucket team announced a unique promotion Thursday, ahead of the PawSox’s “Evil Empire Weekend” May 5 and 6 against the Pinstripes’ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre club.

“Any fans named Joe or Kelly will be admitted for free to the weekend’s games, while any fans self-identifying as Tylers or Austins will be banned from the premises. #RivalryRenewed,” the PawSox account tweeted.

As the responses poured in, the Triple-A Sox later defined the lines with middle names, particularly those with “Joe” sandwiched in the middle.

“Well it’s significantly better than your first name which happens to the same as a certain @Yankees Manager we all know… But we will honor your middle name with valid identification at the box office!!! @AaronJSomers,” the club replied to a fan.

The long-standing rivalry came to a head on April 11, after Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin slid into second base, with the Red Sox believing it was with the intent to injure shortstop Brock Holt. After Kelly drilled Austin with a pitch, Austin charged Kelly and both teams left their benches and bullpens to join in the fight.

Austin and Kelly were both suspended by MLB.

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