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Rangers fans make cutout so they can ‘punch’ Jose Bautista (pic)

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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.

The cutout of course celebrates — at least from the perspective of Rangers fans — how Odor punched Bautista during a game in May.

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.

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:

Well played.

[Big League Stew]