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Danks says Bautista 'acting like a clown'

Posted on: May 29, 2011 6:19 pm
Edited on: May 29, 2011 6:20 pm
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John Danks

By C. Trent Rosecrans

White Sox starter John Danks -- he of the 0-8 record and 5.25 ERA -- called Jose Bautista -- he of the 20 home runs -- a "clown" on Sunday.

Danks, who allowed six runs in the first inning of Sunday's 13-4 loss to the Blue Jays, was upset after Bautista popped up a 3-2 pitch for the second out of the Blue Jays' three-run fourth inning. Bautista tossed his bat, apparently upset with himself, and jogged toward first as the ball was caught.

See the play here -- and listen to the White Sox announcers unsurprisingly take Danks' side.

As Bautista headed back to the dugout, Danks had some words for baseball's best player of the season.

"I just told him to run the bases. He was out there acting like a [expletive] clown. I told him to run the bases," Danks told reporters, including the National Post. "He's a good player. He's had a great year and a half, no doubt, He's one of the best players in the league. He was out there acting like he's Babe Ruth or something. That's horse [stuff], I think"

Danks added, "He isn't that good to be acting like he needs to hit every ball out of the ballpark. That's just the way I feel. I have pride. I really do. I've had a pretty crappy year to this point, but I still have pride and I'm not going to let him sit out there and show me up like that. I just told him to run the bases and quit acting like a clown."

The thing is, nobody would have noticed had Danks not called attention to it. Players get upset with themselves all the time, spiking a bat his hardly something unique to Bautista. At that point, Danks maybe should've been happy he actually retired Bautista -- or any batter since he was trailing 9-2.

Here's Bautista's side:

"I was upset at missing a pitch, at myself," Bautista said. "If he took it the wrong way, I'm sorry, but I'm not here to make him feel good.

"It really doesn't matter to me what he thought. What I'm not going to allow is when I'm running by him, him yelling at me again, so I yelled back at him."

The Post also said White Sox announcer Ken Harrelson suggest on-air that Bautista was corking his bat -- he also admonished Bautista on-air about the incident with Danks. And then the announcer made a trip to the Blue Jays' clubhouse after the game, which writer John Lott described thusly:  "Harrelson made a special trip to the Toronto clubhouse after the game and fawningly introduced himself to Bautista. The two chatted for a few minutes. Apparently, the content of Bautista’s bat did not come up."

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Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:13 pm
 

Danks says Bautista 'acting like a clown'

Danks is like a teacher in the summer... no class. With his talent, or lack thereof, he's lucky he got him out.
Backwards. Bautista was the one who acted classless here. You don't make a big show out of making an out there. To Bautista's credit, it did at least appear that he ran it out, but you don't slam the bat when you're running to first. Danks was entirely correct.



Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:12 pm
 

Danks says Bautista 'acting like a clown'

danks doesnt know what the pitching equivlant to running the bases is even, he cant get out of the 4th inning in most games cause hes garbage...... if he losses another game or two the sox are gonna release him... he should retire... hes trash and can not talk about anyones work ethic  cause he has none himself



Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:09 pm
 

Danks says Bautista 'acting like a clown'

DANKS is the worst pitcher in the AL  how can he possibly make any sort of comment to the best hitter in baseball



Since: Nov 13, 2010
Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Danks says Bautista 'acting like a clown'

when  danks is on the mound, they should put a tent,ballons and invite that annouer to the cirrcus,they are the clowns!



Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Danks says Bautista 'acting like a clown'

You're right.  Harrelson is probably the worst announcer in professional sports.



Since: Jan 23, 2010
Posted on: May 30, 2011 11:27 am
 

Danks says Bautista 'acting like a clown'

Ken Harrelson is a joke of an announcer.  Maybe if you're a Sox fan you like him, but it isn't any surprise to anyone that has watched a game with him as the announcer that he made a ludicrous claim then fawned over the guy he criticized moments later. 

I will say I enjoy his "he gone!" call, but he's still a poser and a horrible announcer.



Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: May 30, 2011 11:10 am
 

Danks says Bautista 'acting like a clown'

Danks should concern himself with winning a game!!! He has been horrible all season and really doesn't have the stature to talk about other players. Bautista did not "show him up" so he should keep his mouth shut and be happy that he got an out. If he homered, and took an hour to run the bases, then I could see why he would have an issue. A lot of players get upset when they miss their pitch. Pitchers get upset when they miss their location, no big deal. Furthermore, Harrelson (you can put it on the board) is one of the worst biased announcers out there!!!



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2011 10:58 am
 

Danks says Bautista 'acting like a clown'

the white sox announcers are the worst in baseball.  i was watching the extra innings game and when patterson hit the homerun he said get down.  the white sox announcers are the clowns 



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2011 10:25 am
 

Clowns

Until John Danks wins an [expletive] game, nobody should care what he has to say. Especially about Bautista.



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: May 30, 2011 10:16 am
 

Danks says Bautista 'acting like a clown'

Wow baseball players so precious!

Another mountain made from a molehill...


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