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Jose Bautista gets tossed, throws equipment onto field

Aug 26, 2011, 9:36 PM EDT

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Jose Bautista came late to stardom, but he pitched a fit any diva would have been proud of after getting fanned by the Rays’ James Shields for the third time tonight.

Bautista yelled at home-plate umpire Bill Welke, took his bat to the dugout wall and threw his bat and helmet onto the field after being tossed from the game in the sixth inning. He had struck out in all three of his plate appearances.

Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune points out that Shields became the first pitcher since Felix Hernandez on Sept. 24, 2009 to strike out Bautista three times in a game.

Bautista, a top candidate for AL MVP honors, entered the night with a .317 average, 37 homers and 82 RBI.  He had 83 strikeouts and 105 walks in 117 games.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    He was a tad frustrated with the strike zone.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 28, 2011 at 9:28 PM

      maybe he had a “tad” too much juice and went into a rage!!! Hand that man a pee cup ASAP!

  2. pbsenerchia - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    “Roid rage” – it’s sad, really.

    • dondada10 - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:42 PM

      I really hope you’re joking.

      • pbsenerchia - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:44 PM

        ah crap – damned sarcasm font is on the fritz again.

      • FC - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:15 PM

        ah crap – damned sarcasm font is on the fritz again.

        Let me see if I can fix that…

      • pbsenerchia - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:16 PM


      • Ari Collins - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:44 PM


      • Ari Collins - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:45 PM

        Fixed? Damn, dude, close your html tags.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:42 PM

      Your attempt at humor is much sader.

      • pbsenerchia - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:48 PM

        What, are you a Phillies fan?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:50 PM

        Leave PC alone. You don’t want to mess with him either. He is a Champion Beaver Wrestler.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 28, 2011 at 9:30 PM

        and all your posts on “sandwich picks” is even more sader, just accept the fact that the bluegays are never going to be anything but a 4th place team no matter how many sandwiches they eat

  3. amaninwhite - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    Sorry, I’ve been home sick all evening. What did I miss?

    • pbsenerchia - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:18 PM

      Well, we were just talking about how Jose- …

      Not cool, bro. Not. Cool.

  4. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    I love that magic FC.

    • pbsenerchia - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:24 PM

      It’s making me nauseous – no disrespect.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:26 PM

        Why would that be disrespect? He will change it back at some point.

      • pbsenerchia - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:36 PM

        None intended, that’s all. No idea how he did that.

  5. shaggylocks - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    Italics are for sissies.

    • shaggylocks - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:48 PM

      That would be such a better comment if I had actually managed to turn of the italics. Damn, it’s worked for me in other forums…

  6. Matthew Pouliot - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:59 PM


    • jimbo1949 - Aug 26, 2011 at 11:16 PM

      Yeah, it’s all fun and games until somebody pokes their italics out.

  7. jaysfan64 - Aug 27, 2011 at 4:04 AM

    I just saw the video…..Wak didn’t even attempt to talk to Welke??!!??

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 27, 2011 at 12:44 PM

      Why would he? Buatista had a problem with Welke’s strike zone all night and finally snapped and got tossed as probably any player would in that situation. What could Wak possibly have to say to him?

  8. stratomaticfan - Aug 27, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    MVP? What value does he bring? Without him, they’d be just as much a mile from the playoffs as with him.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 27, 2011 at 11:06 AM

      So who’s your MVP then?

  9. mojosmagic - Aug 27, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    It is called roid rage. Grows a beard to cover acne next up the shaved head.

  10. superpriebe - Aug 27, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    I was at the game last night. When he struck out in the first inning, he turned to the ump and complained for a while about it. At the time, I said to me brother that I thought he was fortunate not to get tossed, considering that arguing balls and strikes is a no-no. I speculated that he must have been polite about it, and he might have been given some leeway on account of being a star. To be honest, I also thought the calls were questionable (only in the first, though, not his other two strikeouts).

    The sequence of him getting tossed was a little odd. He seemed to go back to the dugout without incident. Then, Adam Lind comes up and he’s two pitches into the at-bat when we hear a loud noise from the Jays dugout: It was Bautista slamming his bat into something metal. I knew right away he was gonna get tossed. He yelled something out of the dugout just after that, which got the ump’s attention. Ump then turned and tossed him. Lind very nearly hit a home run on the very next pitch, which would have been pretty cool, but oh well.

    I read a lot of (IMO very fair) criticism of the umps on this site, but I did think the ump resisted tossing Bautista as much as could be expected here. Really, he’s who we fans want to see, but once he started this tantrum, there was no way he could have been allowed to stay.

    The whole drama was one of the funnest things I have ever seen at the ballpark.

  11. flavadave10 - Aug 28, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    Even Earl Weaver has to be impressed with that display of anger.

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