Rangers fans make cutout so they can ‘punch’ Jose Bautista (pic)
There not surprisingly remains considerable animosity on the part of Texas Rangers fans toward Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista. And before the teams squared off in Game 1 of their ALDS series Thursday, Rangers fans had the opportunity to “punch” Bautista via a cardboard cutout.
Originally appearing on reddit, photos surfaced on social media of fans replacing the face of Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor in a now-famous scene from a game earlier this season.
Get your picture taken punching Jose Bautista at the #Rangers tailgate! #ALDS
h/t @baseballreddit pic.twitter.com/7TJEuUTRZ0
— MLB Memes (@MLBMeme) October 6, 2016
The cutout of course celebrates — at least from the perspective of Rangers fans — how Odor punched Bautista during a game in May.
Round 2! pic.twitter.com/8HZVult3K1
— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) October 5, 2016
The bad blood between the Rangers and Blue Jays — specifically when it comes to Bautista — of course stems from the slugger’s infamous “Bat Flip Seen Around The World” during last year’s MLB postseason. That demonstrative celebration of course became a craze in its own right.
While Rangers fans got to enjoy the Odor-punching-Bautista cutout ahead of the game, they weren’t laughing once the teams took the field at Globe Life Park, as the Blue Jays walloped the hometown Rangers by a score of 10-1 to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Even worse, Bautista smashed a three-run homer in the ninth inning, a 425-foot bomb that put the Blue Jays up 10-0.
.@JoeyBats19 with the big-time contact: https://t.co/Ihl5FW0ySV #ALDS pic.twitter.com/QXKV6JLPyz
— MLB (@MLB) October 6, 2016
Bautista, arguably wisely, laid down his bat calmly near home plate instead of once again pulling out the bat flip. After the game, Bautista had this to say:
Jose Bautista: "We're baseball players not UFC fighters and we come here to play ballgames" #BlueJays
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) October 7, 2016
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