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Jose Bautista launches go-ahead homer to lead Blue Jays to 10th straight win

Jun 22, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

Jose Bautista Getty Getty Images

Another day, another win for the Blue Jays. Thanks to a dramatic go-ahead two-run homer by Jose Bautista in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Blue Jays defeated the Orioles 4-2 this afternoon for their 10th consecutive win.

The Blue Jays had a 2-1 lead going into the top of the eighth inning behind another solid performance from Chien-Ming Wang, but Darren Oliver coughed it up on a game-tying solo homer by Taylor Teagarden. However, Bautista took Darren O’Day deep with two outs in the bottom of the frame to put Toronto in front. It was sweet revenge for Bautista, as the two exchanged words after O’Day struck out him out last night.

As you can see in the picture to the right and the video below, Bautista had a message for O’Day on the way to home plate:

While the Blue Jays were 10 games under .500 as recently as June 4, they now sit at 37-36 on the year. Amazingly, all five teams in the American League East are currently over .500. This is going to be a fun summer.

  1. goskinsvt - Jun 22, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Bautista is such a baby. Just hit the ball and round the bases.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      You appear to be an ignorant ass.

      • djpostl - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:31 PM

        And you appear to a pathetic resident of “America’s Hat”

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        Kindly stuff it where the sun doesn’t shine.

      • scoocha - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        So you’re the guy that defends your team even with they’re in the wrong.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        Bautista was not in the wrong, but he got the last laugh after O’Day foolishly chirped at him yesterday.

      • scoocha - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:55 PM


      • proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        O’Day began to chirp at Bautista as Bautista turned to go to the dugout. Bautista then asked him what he was saying. Today as he was heading home, he informed O’Day that O’Day should shut up.

      • nbjays - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        “America’s Hat”? Who came up with that witty name, you?

        Does that mean you live in “Canada’s Diaper”? Judging by the shit you post, I’d believe it.

      • abaird2012 - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        “Where the sun doesn’t shine” — gotta be somewhere in Canada, right?

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        You are a tad off.

      • @Cereal_22 - Jun 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        You’re still in last place

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 23, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        The comment by @Cereal_22 is an exemplary display of ignorance.

    • Old Gator - Jun 22, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      Nothin’ wrong with a little schadenfreude. Even psychologists need to get out of the sun once in a while.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Darren O’Day was very stupid to start chirping at Bautista after striking him out on Friday. As Jim Croce taught us: “You don’t tug on Superman’s Cape. You don’t spit into the wind. You don’t pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger and you don’t mess around with” Jose.

    • Old Gator - Jun 22, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      Confucious says dog with no teeth should not bark.

    • djpostl - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      He didn’t chirp at him though. Bautista started yammerin first. O’Day appeared to just be hyped in general, not directing anything at anyone in particular.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        Ignorant bullshit! I was watching the game and I also saw the complete replay of the original video. O’Day started chirping as Bautista turned to got to the dugout. Bautista then asked him “What did you say? It was very easy to read Bautista’s lips this time. The video clip used by HBT is incomplete..

      • scoocha - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        If we look at prior events, you has the worse offense record Badtista or O’Day? Clearly, Bautista. For a player that was terrible for so long, he should treat others with more respect and not bitch about every call or yell at pitchers when they best him.

      • Old Gator - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:07 PM

        For a player who worked so long and hard to become the legitimate middle of the order threat that he is, that veteran Bautista earned a lot more respect than that loudmouthed puppy O’Day showed him. O’Day got the embarrassment he asked for yesterday. maybe it’ll teach him a lesson.

    • js20011041 - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      Damn, Superman’s lost a step or two. He’s currently ranked 38th in baseball in OPS. That’s behind such vaunted sluggers as Josh Donaldson, Coco Crisp, Matt Joyce, Gerrado Parra, and Michael Cuddyer. For a player that sucked for so long, you’d think Bautista would be a little more humble about his success. As it is, he’s just a dick that’s easy to root against.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        You know all about Dicks.

      • js20011041 - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        Damn, I guess I had better get some aloe for that sick burn.

      • nbjays - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:34 PM

        And where are you on that list of vaunted sluggers, js20011041? Thought so…

        BTW, Cuddyer is 8th in the majors in OPS right now, so he’s ahead of a whole lot more than just Bautista. Dude is having a great year so far.

      • js20011041 - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:09 PM

        I love this argument. Because I’m not a baseball player, I can’t (quite accurately mind you) point out the silliness of comparing Bautista to Superman, the Lone Ranger, and a natural force as powerful as the wind? I guess you don’t ever criticize people in positions in which you have no personal experience. Politicians, athletes, police officers, etc. You’re not a hypocrite, are you?

        My second point still stands, by the way. Bautista comes across as arrogant. He bitches constantly about calls. One would think that he’s experienced enough humility in his career to not forget it in the two plus years that he’s been good.

  3. mfrizzle - Jun 22, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    And Toronto is still is last place.

    • Old Gator - Jun 22, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Can’t count to four? The Rays lost and the Jays climbed past them by a half game in the column, 37-36 versus 38-37.

  4. mfrizzle - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    37-36 and 38-37 both are the same winning percentage, .507. Technically, Toronto defaults to 4th by virtue of playing 2 more games. It’s not a half game difference.

    • Old Gator - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      Technically, schmecknically. You came on to troll Jays fans and made yourself look silly by not checking the standings first. Any way you slice it, the Jays have to lose a game for Tampa to pull ahead of them again – one game out here in objective reality, one half game in the standings dystopia.

    • nbjays - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Don’t use such big words on him, Gator. Big words confuse the trolls.

    • nbjays - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      And you need remedial math. Toronto has played two FEWER games than the Rays, hence the better winning percentage. Yes the standings show .507 each, but that is rounded up in each case.

      Tampa’s winning % is 38 wins divided by 75 games = .50666666…

      Toronto’s winning % is 37 wins divided by 73 games = .50684931…

      Math… learn it and it will serve you well.

      • badintent - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:00 AM

        mfrizzle’s problem is that he can’t read the word math…… but he’s working on it. When he’s not chasing the postman or at the kennel

  5. djpostl - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Bautista is a fucking little whiny bitch. I am not an O’s fan, in fact because I live in Va and cannot stand their pathetic homer ass announcing crew (only Hawk is worse imo), I can’t stand them.

    But I watched the game last night and O’Day wasn’t wrong in any way shape or form last night. It was a huge point in game and he got a big out and was a little pumped.

    Then Bautista starts cramping or something and goes all emo, creating a faux controversy that somehow he “took revenge upon O’Day” for today.

    Dude is a mouth-breathing twunt.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      You are the little whiney bitch. O’Day started chirping at Bautista after the strikeout. Bautista’s game winning home run was his third hit off O’Day. All three have been home runs.

    • nbjays - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      You’re the only one on here exhibiting mouth-breathing symptoms, dj. Your hero must be dirtyharry1971, because you are cut from the same cloth…. you “can’t stand” this… you “hate” that…

      This forum needs an “Ignore the Trolls” feature that will hide venomous, petulant posts like yours. In other words, grow up.

  6. mfrizzle - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Not trolling, just fact checking your math. Tampa could win without Toronto playing and then the Rays would be a 1/2 game ahead.

    • nbjays - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      Nope, you’re trolling. Better take your clever user name and go back to watching Magic School Bus because baseball math is beyond you, apparently.

  7. cowboysoldiertx - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Cant we all just get along… Can’t we have peace and brotherhood! Lets be good to one another!

    Go Yankees! Fuck the Phillies. hahahaha!Go Yankees! Fuck the Phillies. hahahaha!Go Yankees! Fuck the Phillies. hahahaha!Go Yankees! Fuck the Phillies. hahahaha!Go Yankees! Fuck the Phillies. hahahaha!Go Yankees! Fuck the Phillies. hahahaha!Go Yankees! Fuck the Phillies. hahahaha!

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      You’re out of your mind.

  8. cocheese000 - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Joey Bats is roid raging.

  9. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Wondered why this thread had 31 responses, and now I see why. The stupid is out in force tonight…

    • nbjays - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      Yep, someone let all the Bautista haters out for the evening and look what happens…

  10. kiwicricket - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Calm down, PC. I am glad O’Day was burned after having something to say, but it is still a bit of a dick move by Bautista.
    Can we not just enjoy the Jays winning some baseball games?

    • nbjays - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      Dunno about PC, but I’m sure enjoying it. Seems like every game someone new steps up and gets it done. Definitely a team effort and they seem to be having a blast right now.

      Can we go for a third consecutive series sweep tomorrow? (Two months ago I never thought I’d be saying that)

      • kiwicricket - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:01 PM

        Been some amazingly entertaining games. It won’t last, but regressing back to a more steady side would be a positive.
        At least they now know they are capable of such things? 1month ago, it seemed they didn’t know which base was what and what end of the bat to hold.

    • cur68 - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:40 AM

      Christ, man. Its a bit nuts in here. No one gives a fcuk about my boys till they win a few games and all of a sudden its the bandwagon bus to haterdom.

      Whatever. My boys won. Again. They got one more against the wrecking crew that is the Orioles and this time its Johnson. He better have his crap in a heap. The O’s will be looking for revenge.

      Loved Bautista’s homer, though. Line drive like a laser beam. He usually never says anything to pitchers after he kills one of their shots, but this time O’Day had made with the “Siddown” after the strike out yesterday. If O’Day can run his yip for a strike out, then he take the back chat when he gets sat down.

      This series just got real.

  11. randygnyc - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    The truth remains- the jays needed to play out of their minds and far over their heads just to reach—- average. Unsustainable.

    • nbjays - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      What a stupid statement. They have needed to play well to get to where they should have been all along, and aren’t there yet. Or do you seriously think that this lineup and pitching staff were more accurately reflected in their April-May record? If you do, you probably thought that the Yankees, with their lineup and pitching were truly a first place team. They are the ones who spent the first two months playing out of their minds and far over their heads… and look, right now they are just average.

      I believe the Jays as a team have more talent right now than the Yankees (now that Wells and Overbay are back to true form) and they are moving up in the standings, while the Yankees have been moving down. Just like water, they are seeking their natural level.

      In other words, the Yankees spent the first two months vastly overperforming their talent level, while the Jays were vastly underperforming theirs. Now things are evening out, and I would very surprised if the Yankees, with their current roster can finish ahead of the Blue Jays with their current roster.

      I may be wrong, but right now everyone on the Jays are contributing, and the starting pitching has been getting it done. The bullpen is the best in baseball right now and the bats are coming alive. And Jose Reyes is coming back soon. I don’t think this win streak can last, but I see more wins than losses coming.

      • Old Gator - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:14 PM

        Cur, nb, pc: what do the Jays do with Kawasaki when Reyes comes back? Bit of a logjam developing over at shortstop, no?

      • Shayna - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:32 PM

        Field five infielders and hope none of their opponents can count?

      • badintent - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:10 AM

        Jays bull pen is amazing.Not a fan of Sabermetrics but the numbers are off the charts when sportsnet post ERA and SO during the game. Gregg Zaun must be wising he could have caught these guys.For the next three months , the heat will affect all starters of all teams, the bull pen is the KEY. middle, short and long. And with the Jays , its all good.Amazing.

      • cur68 - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:42 AM

        If they’re smart, they’ll send down a reliever. They have one more than they need. That’ll make room for Kawasaki. He can play 3rd, short and 2nd so he’ll get some games in. A’course if he keeps on with the homering (only JUST missed another one today) they might DH him. 8)

      • nbjays - Jun 23, 2013 at 8:30 AM

        Gator, I hope they send down a reliever. There is an embarrassment of riches in the Beaver bullpen right now and they can afford to go with seven rather than 8. Maybe Perez, because all four lefthanders (seriously, who else has four quality southpaws in their ‘pen?) can pitch effectively to lefties or righties.

        Know what I’m looking forward to the most? With just 3 more at-bats, Adam Lind becomes a “qualifier” and suddenly shows up on the leaderboard with his .340 average (4th best in the majors) and .970 OPS (6th best in the majors). Won’t THAT be fun?

        Shayna, you and your young baseball padawan have fun at the game today, ok? (I am insanely jealous)

  12. jimeejohnson - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    The Mets not only jinx themselves, but other teams, too.

  13. jaysfan64 - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Can’t see Kawasaki being sent out now – my guess is Juan Perez (even tho I think he’s out of options)…
    Trolls: Remember Bautista has been hitting 2nd basically since Reyes went down..functioning as a true #2 hitter – moving runners over, getting on base, etc..and his numbers have taken a hit as a result..this guy is a true team player that you have to watch every day to fully appreciate and I guarantee if your team somehow picked him up tomorrow you’d be ecstatic…

  14. cleeti - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Joey Bats didn’t create a controversy – the media did. They are just out there having fun and playing baseball.

  15. jaysfan64 - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    And yeah, Bautista does have some history with some umpires and he’s said things he’d have been better off not saying, but if the marquee player from your team had half that passion you’d be happy with that, I bet…

  16. ravensgrl - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Bautista is a little whiney biotch

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 23, 2013 at 6:28 AM

      You see to have all the physical attributes of a little whiney bitch.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 23, 2013 at 6:33 AM

      Correction! I am not sure about the “little” part. My apologies if you are fat.

    • nbjays - Jun 23, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      Oh, look… ANOTHER troll!

  17. jbeagles23 - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Let people show emotion in sports. It’s part of the game. And I just hope thy don’t bring lawrie up when he’s ready

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