By now you’ve probably seen the highlight, or lowlight, of Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista getting, well, slugged.
If you haven’t, let me take you back to Sunday afternoon in Texas, where Toronto and the Rangers were playing the rubber match of their series.
Bautista, you’ll recall, was the author of the most epic bat flip in baseball history when he tossed his lumber aside after a playoff series clinching home run vs. the Rangers in October.
7 months later, in what was his last at bat against Texas this season, Joey Bats was beaned by Rangers reliever Matt Bush — certainly in retaliation for his home run celebration in the ALDS.
Trailing 7-6 in the 8th inning, Bautista tried to break up a double play at 2nd with a hard and late slide into end baseman Rougned Odor.
Odor retaliated with a thunderous right hand to Jose’s jaw.
The benches emptied, but that was about the worst of it.
Listen, I don’t blame Odor for being irate that Bautista tried to take him out.
But if it was any one other than the Jays’ slugger, Odor would not have thrown that punch.
It tells you all you need to know about the man and the way the Rangers are managed.