Rangers Reliever Sam Dyson on Jose Bautista Bat Flip: “Jose Needs to Calm that Down” (Video)
I loved the Jose Bautista bat flip. I also loved the fact that the Rangers hated it. That’s the way it should be.
On Wednesday night in Toronto, two great teams locked horns in a win-or-go-home game that had fans holding their breath with every pitch. Then, at the end of one of the most insane innings in the history of Major League Baseball, one team’s hero crushed the biggest home run of his life to break the deadlock once and for all.
How is Bautista not supposed to be completely overwhelmed by the fact that he just wrote his name into the history books as one of the greatest sluggers of all time? How are the Rangers not supposed to be furious that their baseball dreams were obliterated?
Both reactions, in my opinion, were perfect. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Unfortunately, after the game, Rangers reliever Sam Dyson couldn’t just admit that he was pissed off because he f**king hates to lose. He had to go baseball purist on us.
Here’s what he had to say about the bat flip:
“Jose needs to calm that down, just kind of respect the game a little more. He’s a huge role model for the younger generation that’s coming up playing this game, and I mean he’s doing stuff that kids do in Wiffle ball games and backyard baseball. It shouldn’t be done.”
Look, I get it. It’s not cool to “show up” a pitcher. And if this was a Wednesday in June, I’d say yeah, Bautista needs to “calm that down.” But this wasn’t a Wednesday in June. It was Game 5 of the ALDS.
Was Bautista acting like a kid playing baseball in his backyard? You’re damn right he was. You know why? Because he had just done exactly what every kid pretends to do when playing baseball in his backyard. He had just hit a legendary home run.
I’m not saying I expect Dyson to be all calm and rational about all this. I like the fact that he told the Jays to sit the hell down and shut the f**k up. I just think we need to drop this “play the game the right way” nonsense.
Hat Tip – [Sports Illustrated]