Rangers’ Derek Holland on ‘tired act’ Jose Bautista: ‘I don’t like him’
Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland didn’t hold back while launching a blistering criticism of Jose Bautista during a recent appearance on KRLD-FM 105.3, calling the Toronto Blue Jays right fielder a “tired act.”
Holland’s disdain for Bautista is hardly surprising since he and his teammates were on the other side of not only the Blue Jays slugger’s game-breaking home run in a series-clinching ALDS Game 5, but also his bat-flipping antics that followed.
Holland said he actually thought Bautista was a “fairly nice guy” that he “respected” before the bombastic bat-flip, but is now left soured by how the Blue Jays star carries himself.
Calling Bautista “the most animated player I’ve ever seen,” Holland issued a scathing critique of the bat-flip heard ’round the world.
“But the way he did it, I don’t like it at all,” Holland said, via The Dallas Morning News. “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.”
Holland was asked how his teammates perceived Bautista’s antics.
“Trust me, nobody likes it,” he said. “I won’t say anything else on those guys, but I’ll speak on my own side of it. I didn’t like it, and they don’t like it.”
Perhaps Holland and the rest of the Rangers can take solace in the fact that Bautista and the Blue Jays are on the brink of elimination, down 3-games-to-1 to the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS after Tuesday’s 14-2 blowout loss.
It’s worth noting, though, that Holland was caught on camera wiping his backside with a Blue Jays rally towel during the ALDS, so perhaps he shouldn’t feel quite so comfortable up in the saddle on his high horse.