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Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista might be the most hated athlete in Texas. And that’s not an easy status for a baseball player to acquire.
The animosity of course stems from the absolutely bonkers seventh inning of Game 5 of the 2015 American League Division Series between the Jays and Rangers. In the top half of the inning, the Rangers took a 3-2 lead on a controversial errant throw to the mound by Russell Martin. Blue Jays fans then went berserk, throwing just about everything they could find onto the field. In the bottom half of the inning, Texas committed three straight errors to allow Toronto to tie the game. Then Bautista vaporized a 97 mph fastball from Sam Dyson. And as the ball soared into the stratosphere, Bautista performed the most epic bat flip in the history of bat flips.
From that point on, Jose Bautista was enemy number one in Texas. So when Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor cold-cocked the guy in the middle of a game seven months later, Rangers fans love it.
Amazingly, this year the baseball gods have decided to grant us a Jays-Rangers ALDS rematch. Game 1 was Thursday afternoon in Arlington, and Rangers fans came prepared to troll the hell out of Bautista.
A sizeable portion of the people in the crowd had signs or t-shirts reminding Bautista about Odor’s nasty right hook:
— Chris Sadeghi (@chrissadeghi) October 6, 2016
— Lauren Zakalik (@wfaalauren) October 6, 2016
And when Bautista stepped to the plate for the first time, he got what might have been the first standing boo in baseball history:
Bautista gets a standing boo… pic.twitter.com/uF8S6PNN2u
— Pat Doney (@PatDoneyNBC5) October 6, 2016
However, it would seem as though all the fire coming from Rangers fans went right to Jose’s bat. In the top of the third he hit a single through the left side to make it 2-0 Toronto. Then, in the top of the ninth, he jacked a 425-foot three-run homer to left field:
There was no bat flip this time, though. It was more of a bat drop. Which is like a mic drop but, you know, with a bat.
Bautista’s bat drop. pic.twitter.com/pU3ycNCvWH
— Ian Hunter (@BlueJayHunter) October 6, 2016
Honestly, Rangers fans, at this point you might just want to ignore Bautista. Making him angry only seems to bring out the best in him.
Hat Tip – [CBC]