The Rangers were not happy with Jose Bautista's bat flip, unsurprisingly
The Rangers were not happy with Jose Bautista's dramatic bat flip following his go-ahead three-run home run in Game 5 of the ALDS on Wednesday.
As I'm sure you know by now, Bautista celebrated the home run with an all-time great bat flip. It was more of a bat chuck. Here's the bat flip/chuck:
We're going to see that home run and bat flip in highlight videos for years and years and years.
Unsurprisingly, the Rangers were not too happy with the bat flip following their season-ending Game 5 loss. Dyson, who gave up the home run, played the "you're a role model, dude" card when asked about the bat flip following Game 5. From Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post:
“I told (Edwin Encarnacion in the on deck circle) Jose needs to calm that down, just kind of respect the game a little more,” Dyson said. “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.”
Dyson barked at Encarnacion as Bautista rounded the bases and celebrated with his teammates in the dugout, which led to a benches clearing incident. No punches were thrown, however.
Dyson comes off as whiny little baby in all of this. I understand the Rangers just suffered a crushing defeat and they're looking to lash out, but of all the things to get mad about, they're mad about the bat flip?
Know what's disrespectful? Telling a player how to act after a career-defining moment. Dyson has no business telling Bautista he "needs to calm down," especially considering Dyson instigated not one, but two benches clearing incidents that inning.
For what it's worth, during an on field interview after the game, Bautista told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports he didn't "mean any disrespect, whatever I do, anything like that, and I certainly didn’t plan it. It was just the moment.”
Bautista is a role model because he gives back to the community and does wonderful charity work, not because of what he does on the field. If there is anyone who should not be talking about role models after all of this, it's Dyson, who is kicking and screaming and acting like a sore loser.
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