In yesterdays Blue Jays ALDS clinching victory, the face of the franchise, Joey Bautista hit the game winning three run home run that sent the fans in a craze they will never forget. It was a home run that sent all of us watching it on television in a craze. It was a game filled with ups and downs, and a beer throwing delay. We witnessed a play I believe many of us have never seen before when Russell Martin threw the ball back and hit Shin-Soo Choo’s bat which caused an 18 minute review delay.
It wasn’t until the bottom of the 7th inning when Rangers reliever Sam Dyson made his mark on the game. With a tie ball game and runners on the corner, Dyson had Bautista in a 1-1 count with two down. The right hander, who was drafted by the Blue Jays in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, threw a good two seam fastball that started over home plate and came in on the inner half of the plate. Bautista was able to get his hands inside the ball and hit a bomb off the 27 year old. The six time All-Stare quickly stared down Dyson before providing us with one of the greatest bat flips ever.
Dyson took exception to this, and as Edwin Incarnation was gesturing to the fans to calm it down, Dyson walked behind the DH and had some words for him about his teammate. Incarnation took exception to this and had some words himself. Benches cleared and more words were said. After Incarnation reached base, Dyson was able to get Troy Tulowitzki out. As Dyson was walking back to the Rangers dugout, he walked by Tulo, slapped him on the butt and had some words for him as well.
When will Dyson learn? Baseball Tonight analyst and former Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden may have said it best, “As a pitcher, if you don’t wanna get dressed down, keep it in the yard.” Truer words have never been spoken. Former Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe was on Mike and Mike this morning and put in his two cents about the bat flip and how Dyson reacted. Sutty mentioned that this sport is an entertainment sport and that Bautista gave the fans what they wanted. He made a great point by saying you do not see a double play on the opening of SportsCenter, you see home runs being hit 450 feet.
Has Bautista thanked this kid yet? How awesome is this!