My Hate for Josè Bautista is Insurmountable
ESPN- Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista may have served his one-game suspension, but he's still not done talking about the incident with Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor that led to him getting punched in the face May 15.
Odor punched Bautista after the Toronto outfielder, who had reached base after being hit by a pitch from Matt Bush, slid at Odor's legs in the midst of a double play in the top of the eighth inning of the Rangers' 7-6 win. Players from both teams rushed the field, and Odor shoved Bautista and then landed the punch.
"Was [Odor] out to play baseball that day? Maybe partly," Bautista told Sports Illustrated in an article to be published Wednesday. "Part of me also thinks that he was looking for a fight."
Bautista maintains that, while his slide was late, he didn't intend to hurt Odor.
"I could have hit him," Bautista told Sports Illustrated. "I could have hurt him. I chose not to. My cleats were down. I slid through the bag. Was it late? Yes, a hundred percent. But what can I do after they hit me? Should I ask my manager to let me pitch, which he is never going to let me do? Like, what am I supposed to do? Just sit there and take it?"
Jose Bautista, left, and Rougned Odor were two of 14 people disciplined by Major League Baseball following a brawl during the Blue Jays-Rangers game May 15. AP Photo/CSM/Albert Pena
Bautista maintains that Odor tried to hit him with the ball during his throw to first base.
"I've been playing baseball for a long time," Bautista told Sports Illustrated. "I know exactly what he was trying to do when he threw the ball. He tried a hundred percent to hit me in the face. And it's not the first time he's done it against me or some of my teammates. And there's video to prove that."
The league disciplined 14 players and staff for their actions in the brawl. Eight players were ejected from the game between the two teams that met in last year's postseason, with six of the dismissals stemming from the brawl sparked by Odor's punch and the aftermath.
The brawl happened in the final regular-season meeting between the two clubs. A feud had been simmering between the teams since Bautista's bat flip in last year's American League Division Series.
Let it go, Josè. Just let it go for god sakes, quit while you're ahead!
Seriously, the fact that he still continues to talk about this 15 days after the fact is absurd. You flipped your bat like a jackass, people got mad (everyone on the Rangers), and they got their revenge. You see the thing is, Josè, it was never about hurting someone anymore more than it was about sending a message. Your message was sent when you hit that huge homer in the ALDS back in October, looked right at the pitcher, and then proceeded to flip your bat over the god damn CN Tower.
Matt Bush hitting you with that pitch was undoubtedly retaliation for that act, and that's fair enough. As a Yankee fan, I've seen countless brawls between them and the Red Sox. For better or worse, those fights were justified. Your situation is no different, and for you to now come out and whine like a child makes me want to see Matt Bush go head hunting next time. He threw a pitch right into your back and you should have walked to first, knew what it was for, taken it like a man, and moved on.
You slid later than Chase Utley, and let me tell you this. Odor wasn't looking for a fight or trying to throw the ball at your face, you were. Everyone was waiting to see what would happen afterwards and you had the perfect opportunity to make a dirty play. You did, and you paid the price.
It's really that simple. So enough with the whining and the petty bullshit because everyone is tired of it, and frankly, nobody cares.