Yesterday, Jose Bautista enjoyed a joyous and tearful send-off from Blue Jays fans as he very likely played his last Blue Jays home game after ten years in Toronto.
Then on Monday night, Bautista apparently wanted to get in one last ejection in for old time’s sake. He did what he’s often done over his 14-year career and Joey Bats gave the home plate umpire a piece of his mind after a questionable call.
Anytime a player gets tossed, I’m always curious about the reasoning behind the ejection. Thanks to the advent of MLB.TV’s Ballpark Sounds, we can get a pretty good idea of what Bautista yelled at home plate umpire Chad Fairchild.
If you remember, we did this very same exercise a few months back for a heated John Gibbons ejection, so let’s bring back the amateur lipreading to decipher what got Bautista ejected from this game.
Oh no! God damn it! That’s twice. That’s twice! That was outside. That was a ball.
Why? Because I said it was a ball you’re going to throw me out? Because I said it was a ball?
What do you want? You want me to get angry at you? No. You’re the one who screwed up. That’s on you. And you f**cked up twice.
In terms of heated exchanges at home plate, that’s actually pretty tame. Among the resume of Bautista’s ejections, that confrontation was pretty PG as well. It may be his final week as a Blue Jay, but good to see Bautista still has some fire left in him.