The Jose Bautista Staredown – Version 2.0

Image courtesy of @NevStoski

This is what it must have felt like to stare into the eyes of Medusa before turning to stone, as Jose Bautista’s piercing staredown claimed yet another victim last night.

One thing’s for sure sure, if a pitcher ever displeases Jose Bautista, they’ll be sure to know about it. Whether they try to sneak a buzzball past Jose’s head as Ivan Nova did last year, or as Luke Hochevar hit Yunel Escobar last night, Jose Bautista gets his retribution with his bat.

Click on the image below to see the Animated Gif of the epic staredown by Jose Bautista and the subsequent slow trot down the first base line. Just more visual proof that you should never mess with Jose Bautista.

Click image for Animated Gif

For those who missed the subtle cues from that very short Animated Gif, here is the sequence of events performed by Jose Bautista in that very staredown:

  1. Watch the ball go yard.
  2. Give a quick glance to the pitcher as if to say “nice try”.
  3. Admire the home run once again.
  4. Drop bat on the ground like a dirty towel.
  5. Slowly trot out of the box and head down the line, all while staring down the pitcher and instilling the fear of God in him.
Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.



  1. RealJeffS

    August 25, 2011 - 1:39 pm

    Sorry I wasn't around to snap another epic Bautista staredown pic… I had my 15 minutes with the pic from last year, I suppose.

    IMO, this staredown is MUCH better in terms of both style and effect. He really burned a friggin' hole directly through Hochevar… amazing.

  2. Chill

    August 25, 2011 - 1:51 pm

    He pimped that pretty hard. Love Jerkball. 2012 = Playoffs

  3. Ian - BJH

    August 25, 2011 - 2:50 pm

    Mike, I think the word about Jerkball is getting around the league quickly. Especially now after that home run trot.

    Jeff, no worries – we had that epic storm to contend with as well. I was flipping back and forth between the Weather Channel and the baseball game. But you're right – Jose definitely took his time with that staredown.

    Chill, no question Bautista milked that moment for all it was worth. Serves Hochevar right for plunking Escobar!

  4. QJays

    August 25, 2011 - 3:58 pm

    Couldn't see the game, and saw the replay shortly after on mlb.com — I was wondering what happened prior to the HR as soon as I saw it.
    I must say, I'm a much bigger fan of going yard and embarrassing the pitcher than I am of just hitting one their batters — much more effective.

  5. Ian - BJH

    August 25, 2011 - 4:53 pm

    QJays, I didn't see it either – so it's hard to say whether that beanball to Escobar was intentional or whether it was a pitch that just got away from Hochevar.

    Regardless, Bautista retaliated with the bat, and that's the best way to fight back rather than just with another beanball.

  6. Tony

    August 26, 2011 - 1:44 am

    I watched the game and saw this. Classic!! "Yo, don't be hittin' my homies"

  7. Psmith

    August 26, 2011 - 3:07 am

    After hitting Escobar the pitchers first pitch to Bautista was head high

  8. Jeff

    October 26, 2015 - 6:51 am

    I remember this moment from a few years ago and knew immediately Bautista was a roided up head case. I guess Hochever got the last laugh… An ALCS ring.

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