Sports | June 27, 2022 3:15 pm

Why a Benches-Clearing MLB Brawl Led to Mariner Jesse Winker Scoring a Pizza

Winkler was at the center of a major-league melee between Seattle and the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday

of the Seattle Mariners looks on at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.
Jesse Winker got tossed and snagged a free pepperoni pie for his efforts.
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After taking a fastball to the hip on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium, Jesse Winker of the Seattle Mariners let the Los Angeles Angels’ dugout know that he was none too happy about getting beaned. Winker’s reaction to getting drilled was all the fuel that the simmering fire between the two clubs needed to ignite and a benches-clearing brawl, complete with an emotional toss of sunflower seeds and bubble gum, ensued.

Winkler was tossed out of the game by the umpiring crew, along with five other players and the managers of both teams. Banished to the bowels of the ballpark, Winkle soon had some company in the visiting clubhouse: a small pepperoni pizza.

Ordered for $25 on Doordash by a Mariners fan living in Arkansas, Sofie Dill, the pepperoni pie from Mountain Mike’s Pizza slowly made its way to Winkler while Dill documented the delivery process on Twitter.

It took some time…

…but the pizza eventually made its way to Winkler in the sixth inning via the security guards who were stationed at Gate 6. “It wasn’t until I saw him literally inside Gate 6 that I thought, ‘This might actually work. They didn’t kick him out,’” Dill told The Athletic. “I would have gotten a much bigger pizza if I knew this would blow up.”

In addition to being a noteworthy day for Winkler, who will likely be hit with a suspension for his role in the fracas, Sunday was a big occasion for Simranjeet Singh, the delivery driver who brought the pizza to the ballpark.

Singh, who created a Twitter account based on yesterday’s events, shared his Venmo account information with Dill and she shared the information on social media and asked Seattle fans to chip in for a tip. Amazingly, donations poured in and Singh ended up receiving extra cash from 300-400 people.

“I just got home, and I still can’t explain what happened to me the last five hours,” he told The Athletic on Sunday evening. “I’m still in my dreams right now. This is a life-changing delivery for me right now. I’m really thankful to Sofie. In the last five hours, she did so, so, so much for me. Thank you to each and every person who tipped me. I don’t even know you. But you helped me a lot, a lot, a lot.”

Just further proof of the positive power of pizza.