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John Danks says Jose Bautista was “acting like a clown”

May 30, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

John Danks

Jose Bautista hit an infield popup in the fourth inning of yesterday’s White Sox-Blue Jays game and got mad at himself over it. The man pitching at the time was John Danks and he didn’t like the way Bautista handled himself.  They jawed at one another after Bautista slammed his bat down while running out the popup:

“I just told him to run the bases. He was out there acting like a clown. He’s had a great year and a half — no doubt. He’s one of the best players in the league. But he’s out there acting like he’s Babe Ruth or something.  Just the way he was acting. He ran halfway down the line and stopped and spiked his bat. I get it. He’s upset at himself. He’s a good hitter, he’s had a great couple years. But he isn’t that good to be acting like he needs to hit every ball out of the ballpark.”

Hey, we should defer to Danks here. He’s 0-8 with a 5.25 ERA and got rocked again yesterday, so if anyone knows how to handle failure, it’s him. We should all take his example when we do a poor job at what we set out to do. Handle it stoically. Have no reaction at all. Who are we to argue with him?

On the other hand, maybe Danks shouldn’t worry too much about how opposing batters who are clearly not setting out to show him up react in these sorts of situations.  Is Danks proposing a whole new set of unwritten rules about the proper deportment of ballplayers following a given outcome of a specific play the field?  Does he not realize that, in addition to being totally nuts, that Chris Carpenter and Tony La Russa are already chairing that particular committee?

  1. yankeesfanlen - May 30, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Danks must be taking Dallas Braden lessons in the 773.

  2. jimbo1949 - May 30, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    eff Danks, I wanna know what Ozzie thinks.

  3. stoutfiles - May 30, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Don’t worry Danks, Bautista won’t be in the minors to show you up.

  4. Brian Murphy - May 30, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    With that record and that ERA and after a six-run, 51-pitch first inning, Danks was already agitated beyond words. Any simple thing was going to set him off, and he blew this simple thing properly out of proportion. Bautista may have overreacted a little, but it was nothing that should cause anyone to get bent out of shape. What, hitters can’t be frustrated, too? Danks was blinded by his own frustration and was out of line.

  5. sknut - May 30, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Danks isn’t used to opposing batters messing up when he pitches, and wasn’t sure how to react.

  6. cur68 - May 30, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    You tell ‘im Danky! If anybody knows how to handle failure it’s you, dude. Take it like a man; no whining, no fussing, not a hint of caring about sucking, boo yeah baby.

    Seriously, though, WTF? I bet JB expects to hit a homer EVERY time he faces someone as crappy as Danks. I saw that pitch on the sports news; it was a meatball. JB came within a centimeter of hitting # 21 right there and he knew it.

  7. missthemexpos - May 30, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Every game you see hitters throw the bat down in disgust knowing they were so close to a solid line drive or possible home run, yet ended with only a pop up. Mr. Danks should learn to channel his anger at maybe getting a W instead of calling the Babe Ruth of baseball these days a clown.

  8. proudlycanadian - May 30, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Danks has his priorities mixed up.. He should have been angry at himself for the way he has been pitching. He seemed to blame Bautista because his record was about to fall to 0 & 8. The poor little crybaby.I obviously have no sympathy for Danks. Just wait until those rabid White Sox fans get to salute him.

  9. deathmonkey41 - May 30, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Bautista should have said this at this at the press conference-

    “I’m funny how? You mean funny like I’m a clown? I amuse you? I make you laugh, I’m here to f#@%in’ amuse you? What do you mean funny? Funny how? How am I funny?”

  10. drmonkeyarmy - May 30, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    ‘roid rage???

  11. Old Gator - May 30, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Danks has been sitting on the same bench with Ozzie for too long. Betcha his next tirade is incoherent.

  12. mornelithe - May 30, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Well, I’m guessing someone put a mic in his face and asked him about the words spoken between the two. That’s really not that hard to believe, in fact, it’s probably much more likely than the guy seeking reporters out to run face. From the article, it sounds rather unlikely that the latter be true.

    Maybe reporters should just ask better questions.

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