Game 5 ALDS

Sam Dyson After Jose Bautista’s Bat Flip: ‘Tell Him Not To Do That Ever Again’

The story of Game 5 of the ALDS between the Blue Jays and Rangers is one that will be told forever.

We’ve already heard how the game unfolded for the Toronto Blue Jays; but as the Texas Rangers roll into town for the first time since last October, we are beginning to hear their side of what happened during that fateful game.

Evan Grant of Sports Day has a fascinating piece re-telling some of the forgotten stories from Game 5 of the ALDS. Perhaps most interesting of all was the dust-up between Sam Dyson and Edwin Encarnacion immediately after Jose Bautista‘s bat flip.



We all saw the incident unfold on television, but now we know exactly what Dyson said to Encarnacion and why it incited the Blue Jays.

The FOX Sports crew thought Dyson was angered by Encarnacion’s motions to the crowd, but it turns out Dyson caught a glimpse of the replay after the bat flip … and that’s what set him off.

Dyson comes in from the mound. He hadn’t seen the bat toss in real time — he knew the ball was gone and already turned his back — but did see it in replay on the scoreboard.

“Tell him not to do that ever again,” he tells Encarnacion of Bautista.

And that’s when all hell broke loose. The benches cleared, and then not long after, the benches cleared once again after Sam Dyson took it upon himself to tap Troy Tulowitzki on the back with this glove.

All these months later, the incident still doesn’t sit very well with Sam Dyson.

It’s not the first time he’s done that. Obviously, I didn’t like it. Everybody stares people down. I stare people down. But I’m not going to throw my glove up in the air; why is he going to throw his bat in the air?

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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 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.


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