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I agree with Holland

Jose Bautista’s infamous bat flip just won’t go away.Division Series - Texas Rangers v Toronto Blue Jays - Game Five

How do you know when you’ve really managed to get under someone’s skin? When they’re still talking about what you did a week after it happened. I have a feeling we will be talking next season about Bautista’s bat flip following his three-run home run in Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers, especially the first time Bautista and Texas Ranger’s starting pitcher Derek Holland see each other.

Why?

Holland was interviewed this week on the Ben and Skin Show on KRLD-FM 105.3 and made it clear he is not a fan of Bautista’s after playing against him in the five-game series. The Dallas Morning News transcribed a part of the interview and published it Wednesday.

Holland was asked if he had ever seen a bat flip like Bautista’s emotion-filled toss.

Holland: He’s the most animated player I’ve ever seen. After watching him in the outfield cry about every single thing, it’s unbelievable. I don’t care if he hits a home run off me, that’s fine, I give up home runs, I’ve struck people out, I do all that stuff, it’s how baseball goes. But the way you do it – is he better than the game? Yeah, you lived in the moment, that’s great. You hit a home run? Yeah, you can pimp it. That’s fine. But the way he did it, I just think that one – that’s a bit much. That’s cool if you want to stare at the pitcher, because obviously the pitcher made the mistake. If it’s me, I made the mistake; you hit the home run? Cool, stare at me. I’m going to be the one that’s not actually staring at you, I’m going to watch and see how far you just hit it because that’s how I am. I like to punish myself by seeing that. But the way he did it, I don’t like it at all. I mean, personally, I don’t like him, either. Especially after seeing
more about him during the game, and being out in the outfield and seeing how he complains about every single thing. It’s like, no matter what, if you throw anything close to the plate, and it’s a ball, it’s supposed to be a ball for him – no matter what. It’s like we can’t have any calls or anything like that, it’s always his way. I just don’t like that. I’m not a big fan of him.

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Sam Dyson, right, and the Toronto Blue Jays' Troy Tulowitzki (2) exchange words at the end of the seventh inning, causing another bench clearing event, during Game 5 of the ALDS at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. The Blue Jays won, 6-3, to eliminate the Rangers. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Sam Dyson, right, and the Toronto Blue Jays’ Troy Tulowitzki (2) exchange words at the end of the seventh inning, causing another bench clearing event, during Game 5 of the ALDS at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. The Blue Jays won, 6-3, to eliminate the Rangers. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

Holland did not pitch in the decisive Game 5. He watched it unfold from either the bullpen or the dugout. Sam Dyson was on the mound in relief of Cole Hamels when Bautista launched his bomb into the seats in left field.

Holland went on to say that he respected Bautista before the series. He said it wasn’t just the bat flip that bothered him. He said watching Bautista’s reactions to every call that went against the Blue Jays while playing in the outfield was also bothersome.

Bautista, for his part, has stood by his bat flip and millions of fans don’t seem to have a problem with it, even fans who don’t wear Toronto blue. Bautista said he plays the game with his emotions on his sleeve and won’t make apologies for it because he’s not purposely doing anything to disrespect anyone.

I personally lost alot of respect for Bautista in these play-offs as well. The bat flip was way over the top. Bautista is part of this “look at me generation” and I guess I am “old school” and believe in the concept of “look at this team generation.” The incident that pushed it over the top for me was Game 4 of the ALCS. Bautista squared a ball up and hit it quite a way into the outfield, he then stood in the batters and trotted down to first base admiring his blast. Problem was, his blast hit the top of the wall and bounced back into the field of play. He had to really turn the jets on as he rounded first to even get a double out of his blast. I can’t stand guys who want to get style points, while they cost their team points. I tend to agree with Holland, not a big fan.

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