September 05, 2010

Haters Gonna Hate

After Jose Bautista fell victim to the Yankee Stadium strike zone during Saturday afternoon's 7th inning, he lost it. And rightfully so. There's only so much balls-and-strikes bullshit a man can take. Me, I loved his passion. Jose Bautista believes in Jose Bautista, and that's a big part of what has made him one of the most feared hitters in baseball.

Success breeds resentment. Resentment breeds hate. Especially in New York, where Bautista has put on a show this season. In 30 at-bats in the Bronx, Bautista's line reads: .333/.474/.567. Two home runs, six RsBI, and a 1.041 OPS. Against the Yankees in 2010, Bautista has owned: .340/.516/.766. An OPS of 1.282. Six home runs, along with 12 RsBI, and 17 free passes.

Jose Bautista: Yankees killer. It's no wonder they're hating.

Jose Bautista got roid rage?
- @mnmnstrd

A standing ovation for originality.

Nevermind arguing balls and strikes, Jose Bautista should be kicked out of every game until he does something about that awful beard of his.
- @Skorka29

The words of a man who clearly cannot grow his own Bautista Beard. Haters gonna hate.

Jose Bautista was just ejected. I hope he does some of his meaningless fist pumps on the way back to the dugout.
- @ChrisSerico

Clearly, Mr. Serico isn't well versed when it comes to the timeless art of the fist pump. We've seen Bautista hit a lot of home runs this season, and not show a lot of emotion in the process. Two weeks ago, after he was sent to the dirt by Yankees rookie Ivan Nova, Bautista took the time to enjoy one of his jacks. It was only his 40th home run of the season; only his second of the game. The solo shot only broke a 2-2 tie in the home half of the 8th inning, at the SkyDome. The benches had cleared only two innings before. And Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli had fist-pumped his little heart out in the 1st inning, after Fred Lewis was thrown out at home plate. No, Chris Serico, there was nothing meaningless about Bautista's fist pumps. And you know that.

[Ejection] Doesn't surprise me, seems like a punk. Success gone to his head.
- @JonathonLittle

I have no doubt Jonathon Little would love Damien Cox's writing. Haters gonna hate.

Glad Jose Bautista was tossed.....can't stand that guy
- @TheKevinStewart

Mr. Stewart has seen Bautista's numbers versus New York. Haters gonna hate.

Jose Bautista should've been thrown out. He feels so entitled. He's no veteran.
- @DaveKast

A Yankees fan commenting on somebody else's sense of entitlement. The irony, as always, is delicious.

Thankfully, there are some people out there who get it:

Even when he gets tossed, jose bautista's a stud
- @faizalkhamisa

My thoughts exactly.

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Anonymous said...


Archi said...

Haters are hating

William Tasker - Caribou, ME said...

The umpires are just abominable this year. Watching games and the strike zone make me want to vomit. I don't blame Bautista or ANY player who gets thrown out when they can't take it any more.

And P.S. Not all Yankee fans are like that.

Navin Vaswani (@eyebleaf) said...

@ Anonymous: Preach.

@ Archi: Yunel is back!!!1 We need to go to a game. And best of luck at school, mate.

@ William: The Jays could have used Bautista later in the game, in the 9th. The strikezone was most unfortunate. I liked Jose's anger because he was acting like someone who leads the league in home runs, who deserves a better strikeout. That ball was outside, and Jose knew it. He was upset for good reason.

And, believe me, I know not all Yankees fans are all like that. For all my Yankees and Red Sox hatred, I know there are good fans out there of both those teams.

Escaped Lab Rat said...

I love Jose's passion. It's something the ballclub seemed to have less of the past few seasons (and it's one of the reasons we all loved Doc). I hope he's the real deal.

Greg E said...

It was a makeup call for that brutal first pitch Ball.

Sweet Jesus, that ump was out to lunch.

Navin Vaswani (@eyebleaf) said...

@ Escaped: Jose's passion seems a lot different than Doc's. Doc was so focused on himself. And some of the guys have talked about the clubhouse being looser in his absence. Jose's smiling all the time, and has got handshakes with everyone (they showed him at work before one of the Yankees games; was awesome). And he's taken Yunel under his wing. It certainly looks like he's the real deal, and I look forward to finding out.

@ Greg E: Good point. That first pitch ball was totally insane. It looks all the more crazy on on the strike zone plot. I know the umpires make mistakes, but, shit. I guess that's the beauty of baseball.

Mattt said...

That called strike WAS in the other batters box. Seriously. It's no wonder the Yankees win more with calls like that.