Joe Kelly was an instant choice for me. He checks all the boxes on my criteria and I’d love to have him by my side. In an early season game against the Yankees, there was a questionable slide into Brock Holt by Tyler Austin.
The moment the slide was complete Holt got right into the face of Austin. The benches would empty and the rivalry was in full swing for 2018.
Later on, Kelly would plunk Tyler Austin in retaliation. This would set off a powder keg and a wild brawl would ensue. Austin instantly threw his bat down and Joe Kelly waved him on. Like a bull seeing red, Austin charged.
Kelly didn’t fully connect with anyone but that’s ok, every group needs that tornado friend that just goes in swinging.
If you look at your group of friends you can probably find someone like Joe Kelly. Doesn’t matter what you’re doing, where you’re going, or really what any detail is. They’re in.
They’re the wildcard and that is Joe Kelly to perfection. No matter what the situation he wants to be in the middle of the action and won’t flinch.
With his retaliation on Austin and the brawl that followed, the Joe Kelly Fight Club was born that night.