Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista is once again drawing criticism for his bat flipping antics, this time former New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira decided to voice his displeasure for Joey Bats on the Michael Kay Show.
The topic of bat flips specifically Bautista doing it when down by five runs versus the Atlanta Braves was broached during the interview and Mark Teixeira pulled no punches on the leagues disdain for the Blue Jays right fielder.
Teixeira sided with the Bautista and others when it comes to bat flipping in a big situation or after hitting a game-winning home run. Teixeria also qualified that if anyone else had done it, it would be a non- issue and specifically named Starlin Castro.
Teixeira explained further:
"Fact of the matter is nobody likes Jose Bautista, he is not the most personable guy on the field, and I can see why pitchers and catchers don’t like the way he acts."
The former Yankee advised he never had any issues with Bautista but also spoke about how each and every night plunking Bautista is on the table for opposing pitchers.
"That’s on the table every night lets be honest, I have been in clubhouses where guys just look at the starting pitcher for that night’s game and say just please hit Bautista for me. That goes with the territory when you flip your back and jump around."
You can listen to the entire interview by clicking HERE.
One thing is for sure, Bautista has the uncanny ability to get under the oppositions skin on a regular basis. The slugger often gets a raw deal from around the league but I was in agreement that the latest flip down by five runs was bush league and not a good representation of the Blue Jays.
Sometimes you have to act like you’ve been there before especially from a guy who has circled the bases 314 times in his career. Regardless, I am pretty confident Joey Bats won’t be losing any sleep anytime soon after hearing Teixeira’s comments.
Ho hum just another day at the diamond for the 36-year old slugger.