A lot of people have thrown at Jose Bautista lately and the Orioles and Jays have some recent chippy history. Last night was no different.
O’s pitcher Jason Garcia threw a pitch behind Bautista and the benches were warned. Bautista, to his credit, didn’t charge the mound or anything. He just glared a bit, gathered himself and got back in the box. Then he jacked one the heck out of the park. And yes, he stared at it, flipped his bat and didn’t exactly motor around the bases. He’s Jose Bautista, not some kid. He can do stuff like that once in a damn while.
Watch that exchanges, and the jawing back and forth between Bautista and some Orioles as he rounded the bases:
In between innings Orioles outfielder Adam Jones took issue and the two of them engaged in a shouting match from across the field. Watch for the shouting, stay for Buck Martinez purporting to translate Bautista as if every other word wasn’t a curse word of some sort:
The kicker here was, after the game, Jones actually said that Bautista needed to “respect the game.” Which is a phrase that was already sort of meaningless, but now is, somehow, even more so.
Oh, one more video that sort of explains the general state of the O’s-Jays rivalry at the moment: