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So you had a Rougned day, Jose Bautista?


Yes, Jose Bautista had a roug — had a bad day. 

Yesterday, Bautista got absolutely clocked by Rangers second basemen Rougned Odor during a scuffle. Not a punch, not a jab — clocked:

Oh, and the Rangers won 7-6. But be real, you’re not here for the box score.

This wasn’t the first time Bautista and the Rangers scrapped; there’s a recent history. Bautista vaulted his Toronto Blue Jays to a Game 5 lead and eventual ALDS win with one of the most memorable home runs in recent memory. The go-ahead blast was most famous for Bautista’s dramatic reaction that followed.

The bat flip heard round the world ruffled prompted an immediate brawl during the playoff game. The crack of Bautista’s bat sent a tremor reverberating all the way to this year’s meetup.

When Bautista got hit by a 98mph fastball from Rangers pitcher Matt Bush, he immediately let his opponents know he wasn’t pleased.

The hurt feelings were strange enough because Matt Bush, personally, has zero on-field history with Jose Bautista. Hard to have beef with “Joey Bats” when you weren’t playing organized baseball. (And hard to play organized baseball when you’re serving a jail sentence for drunk driving.)

Bautista let the bad blood simmer, performing an illegal takeout slide at second base to break up a double play. A slide that you should understand was banned recently due the high risk of injuring the fielder. Just ask Ruben Tejada. (You can ask Chase Utley, but he thinks his leg-breaking slide on Ruben was cool.) The double play was broken, but Bautista’s lucky his jaw was not.(Watch it soon, MLB has already taken down their official video.)

Bautista made hilariously ironic comments after the game regarding Odor’s commitment to “playing the game the right way” — a very strange turn of phrase I’d almost have to believe was unintentional, considering how often it was used to reprimand his bombastic bat flip. Bautista even published an article about his ethnically-charged criticism at The Player’s Tribune.

Since no one got hurt, even though the way these two behaved, they’re very fortunate everyone’s basically OK, here’s the Crying Jordan version:


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