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Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor Earns Free BBQ For Life For Punching Jose Bautista

Talk about a reward

Rougie earned this.
Rougie earned this.
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Amy McCarthy is a reporter at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

During Sunday’s game between the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays, Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor lobbed the punch heard ‘round the world at Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista. The punch, which earned Odor an eight game suspension from Major League Baseball, also scored him a pretty delicious reward.

According to SportsDay DFW, Fort Worth’s Heim Barbecue has extended Odor free smoked meats for life in response to the punch. Owner Travis Heim had 40 t-shirts reading "Rougned Eats Free" printed, and planned to keep his promise. From there, the demand expanded dramatically. At present, more than 110 of the t-shirts have been sold.

"We just thought it would be a funny thing if we offered Rougie free food because he wasn't the only one who wanted to punch Bautista after last year," owner Travis Heim told NBC 5. "So you know, it's kind of a justice, a little bit."

Odor will have to wait for Heim Barbecue’s brick-and-mortar restaurant to open its doors, expected to happen next month, to redeem his reward. In the meantime, you can score your very own "Rougned Eats Free" t-shirt via Tilt.

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