Rangers’ Holland on Blue Jays’ Bautista: ‘Personally, I don’t like him’
Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was the topic of conversation in the ALDS with his magnificent, extraordinary bat flip.
The flip came after a home run to push the Jays up 6-3 over the Texas Rangers in the decisive Game 5 of the series.
Apparently, not everybody loved it.
Rangers pitcher Derek Holland especially didn’t like it — and he says he isn’t a fan of Bautista either.
In an interview with the "Ben and Skin Show" on KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Holland didn’t pull any punches in describing how he feels about Bautista.
Here’s the full question and answer, as transcribed by the Dallas Morning News:
Q: The Bautista bat flip — have you ever seen a bat flip like that?
Holland: He’s the most animated player I’ve ever seen. After watching him in the outfield cry about every single thing, it’s unbelievable. I don’t care if he hits a home run off me, that’s fine, I give up home runs, I’ve struck people out, I do all that stuff, it’s how baseball goes. But the way you do it — is he better than the game? Yeah, you lived in the moment, that’s great. You hit a home run? Yeah, you can pimp it. That’s fine. But the way he did it, I just think that one — that’s a bit much. That’s cool if you want to stare at the pitcher, because obviously the pitcher made the mistake. If it’s me, I made the mistake; you hit the home run? Cool, stare at me. I’m going to be the one that’s not actually staring at you, I’m going to watch and see how far you just hit it because that’s how I am. I like to punish myself by seeing that. But the way he did it, I don’t like it at all. I mean, personally, I don’t like him, either. Especially after seeing more about him during the game, and being out in the outfield and seeing how he complains about every single thing. It’s like, no matter what, if you throw anything close to the plate, and it’s a ball, it’s supposed to be a ball for him — no matter what. It’s like we can’t have any calls or anything like that, it’s always his way. I just don’t like that. I’m not a big fan of him.
Holland goes on to say that he didn’t have those feelings toward Bautista before the ALDS, but thinks his act is "tired."
You can read the rest of the interview — and his answers — here.