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John Danks: Jose Bautista Acted ‘Like a Clown’ After Popping Out

Jose Bautista has been the best hitter in baseball this year, leading MLB with 20 home runs and a 1.304 OPS. He’s homering every 7.8 at-bats, so he expects to crush the ball nearly every time up. Meanwhile, White Sox pitcher John Danks has had a tough year dropping to 0-8 after losing Sunday. The lefty was lit up for nine runs over four innings, and he got into it with Bautista in the fourth before exiting the game.

Bautista was batting with his team up 9-2 in the bottom of the 4th. He was already 1-for-2 with an RBI single when he popped out with the bases empty for the second out of the inning. After popping up, Bautista grabbed his bat in disgust and cursed at himself. Danks had some words for Bautista as the slugger was returning to the Toronto dugout (as you can see above).

After the game, Danks explained what he said:

“I just told him to run the bases. He was out there acting like a f—ing clown. I told him to run the bases. He’s a good player. He’s had a great year-and-a-half, no doubt, he’s been one of the best hitters in the league. He was out there acting like he’s Babe Ruth or something. That’s horses—, I think.”

But Danks wasn’t done.

“He isn’t that good to be acting like he needs to hit every ball out of the ballpark,” Danks continued. “That’s just the way I feel. I have pride. I really do. I’ve had a pretty crappy year to this point but I have pride still and I’m not going to let him sit out there and show me up like that.”

Bautista did respond and give his side of what took place. “I got upset at myself and kind of screamed. I heard him yelling out of my sight. He said something to me. I said something back. That’s pretty much it. I don’t want to make a big deal out of it. I was upset at missing a pitch, at myself. If he took it the wrong way, I’m sorry, but I’m not here to make him feel good.”

Bautista may be crushing the ball this year (and last year), but he needs to be humbled a bit. This is baseball — even the best hitters (which Bautista is) still make outs most of the time. Stop acting like you should be hitting a home run every time out. You may think it, but overreacting the way he did is showing the pitcher up. It’s a subtle way of saying this guy sucks and I should be crushing all his pitches.

Sorry to break it to you Jose, but up until this year Danks had been a more accomplished Major Leaguer than you. I’m glad that despite his crappy season, Danks stood up for himself. He should have.

Also see: White Sox announcer suggests Bautista may be corking his bat

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  • Jerry Luo

    Bautista actually doesn’t make outs most of the time as his OBP is .502

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Good point, but I was talking about when he swings the bat. He wouldn’t be cursing after getting walked.

  • mcurtis87

    Stood up for himself? The guy blew a bases-loaded opportunity and was annoyed with himself, I’d say it’s quite clear that this is more a case of a player having an embarrassing season to the point of thinking everything, even personal frustration, is aimed at him. Which is, in a word, pathetic. Especially for a grown man. If you’re complaining because a great player is disappointed they didn’t get a hit off you, then you’re quite aware of how utterly awful you are and how good they are. And you’re envious.

    If bitterness equates to sticking up for yourself, then every “bad loser” in history should be considered a hero.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P7H3P3JHWAYU2GZENT2OXEIG7Y RM

    Larry Brown, who are you to tell Jose Bautista when he should curse at himself? Your problem is that you  think that when a player is mad at himself, he is dissing his opponent. What a projection of insecurity.  In fact the problem is you. Triple goes to John Danks, who should be in Double A ball.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Uhhh bases were empty. Nice try

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3MKYEES73UEWTLDXAL6CR6P5SQ sully

    Danks should have a thicker skin…professional sports are extremely competitive and when you’re a competitive player you get ticked at yourself when u miss hit a “meatball” (which is what Danks has been serving up all season).  Getting upset at yourself isn’t showing up another player.  I love how this one incident all of a sudden has Bautista needing to be humbled…really, you know him that well do you??
    That would be like me calling you a hack for writing this…but I would never do that because it’s just one thing you’ve written, and I wouldn’t judge you like that.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I’ve pitched before and I took that sort of behavior as an insult. This is a subjective opinion. You might not feel the same way, but that’s how I feel and I agree with Danks.

  • mcurtis87

    The hallmark of someone with no response is the condescending one-liner disregarding the main thrust of the post/article/whatever they happen to be replying to. My mistake, bases were empty. Did my point really lean on that at all? No. So where’s the rest of your reply?

    Simply put, there is none. To be honest I have no clue who you are, I saw the tail-end of Bautista’s response on television and googled the incident, which brought me to your, er, commentary. I thought your “he should have” statement was pretty laughable, so I figured I’d give you the thrill of a lifetime and help you by pointing out the obvious; Danks’ actions are those of a desperate bitter man.  And you responded in a predictably huffy “my argument just Hindenburged” manner. 

    Like I said, unless you think being a big, whiny, sore loser is commendable, then what you said at the end of this makes no sense. But I can see why you might side with that kind of person.

    Night night.

  • Anonymous

    Most batters are frustrated and react poorly after missing a pitch they thought they should have hit (whether it’s yelling at the air, throwing a bat, or saying a few words to themselves). Let’s not pretend that Bautista is any different in this regard than anybody else in baseball. Sure, pitchers don’t like that, but most don’t go out of their way to make it an issue after getting an out and know the hitters aren’t doing it as a personal affront to them.

    The only reason Danks even bothered to make it an issue this time is that he had already allowed 9 runs and is in the middle of a pitiful season (that could end up with him losing his starting job). His remarks came off as bitter and whiny because of it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3MKYEES73UEWTLDXAL6CR6P5SQ sully

    I agree that it’s a subjective opinion.  I’m just not sure why your opinion of this one incident comes across as Bautista being a classless egomaniac is all.  Unless of course you have more evidence to back that up…then by all means I’d love to read it.  A single subjective incident shouldn’t label a player.  That’s all I’m saying.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    You’re really going to tell me you don’t think Bautista overreacted to a pop up? His reaction was much more extreme than your standard behavior. Plus, what makes you think pitchers don’t get ticked off every time that happens? 

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I think part of having proper sportsmanship and being classy is not showing up your opponent. I consider this a form of it. Plus, my commentary wasn’t very harsh. I said he overreacted and that he needs to be humbled a bit. That’s pretty mild. I never labeled him. Go back and re-read it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3MKYEES73UEWTLDXAL6CR6P5SQ sully

    Oh I’ve re-read it and this to me  comes across as labelling him – “Bautista may be crushing the ball this year (and last year), but he needs to be humbled a bit. This is baseball — even the best hitters (which Bautista is) still make outs most of the time. Stop acting like you should be hitting a home run every time out. You may think it, but overreacting the way he did is showing the pitcher up. It’s a subtle way of saying this guy sucks and I should be crushing all his pitches. Sorry to break it to you Jose, but up until this year Danks had been a more accomplished Major Leaguer than you.”
    I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    OK, that’s fine. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me on this. Like I said, I’m speaking from the perspective of a pitcher who took offense to this sort of behavior so I understand where Danks is coming from. And I understand why you feel the way you do. 

  • Anonymous

    Extreme is snapping your bat over your knee like Travis Snider did in anger earlier this season. Not yelling at yourself for missing a cookie. 

    And I’m sure that pitchers don’t like it when batters react in anger. Most pitchers, though, don’t choose to make it an issue. The difference this time, of course, was Danks’ current situation (both in the game and in his season).

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I think most pitchers get upset over this sort of thing but it doesn’t happen that often, because Bautista’s reaction was extreme. If it did happen more often, and (big and) if it were caught by TV cameras, then you’d see it more frequently. 

    I agree that Danks’ overall frustration played a large role in his mentality regarding the incident, but it still doesn’t make Bautista’s reaction OK, in my opinion. 

  • Anonymous

    TV cameras don’t always get the reactions of hitters missing pitches, but you can watch them react in frustration several times a game if you actually go to the ballpark and are sitting relatively close (especially the egotistical, fiery hitters). I don’t think what Bautista did was that out of the ordinary at all.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I know most players are frustrated after making outs, especially if they feel like they missed a good pitch. But like I said, I thought Bautista’s reaction was extreme. It’s pretty clear we’re not to agree on this and that’s fine.

  • Anonymous

    OK. I just don’t see how you can say Bautista has “an angry sense of entitlement” based on reacting in anger to one pitch he missed. He’s not the only hitter who reacts like this occasionally…not even close. Heck, Aaron Hill shouts at himself like three times a game for each of his daily popouts, but nobody would ever accuse him of such a thing.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Look, I watch a lot of baseball, and I see players getting frustrated after making outs. And like I said, most expressions aren’t as strong as Bautista’s. We’re not going to agree on this and that’s fine. I understand why you feel the way you do, we just disagree.

  • Anonymous

    OK, thanks for taking the time to respond in the comments section. Many don’t.

  • mcurtis87

    The hallmark of someone with no response is the
    condescending one-liner disregarding the main thrust of the
    post/article/whatever they happen to be replying to. My mistake, bases were
    empty. Did my point really lean on that at all? No. So where’s the rest of your
    reply?

     

    Simply put, there is none. To be honest I have no clue who
    you are, I saw the tail-end of Bautista’s response on television and googled
    the incident, which brought me to your, er, commentary. I thought your “he
    should have” statement was pretty laughable, so I figured I’d give you the
    thrill of a lifetime and help you by pointing out the obvious; Danks’ actions
    are those of a desperate bitter man.  And
    you responded in a predictably huffy “my argument just Hindenburged”
    manner.

     

    Like I said, unless you think being a big, whiny, sore loser
    is commendable, then what you said at the end of this makes no sense. But I can
    see why you might side with that kind of person.

     

    Night night.

    Edit: The blog author likes to try and delete/edit his pages to censor. So this comment will re-post each time he deletes it, trying to hide his avoidance of the question. What kind of man posts something and then deletes anything too difficult to answer? How sad.

  • http://twitter.com/robwoudwyk Rob Woudwyk

    The thought that John Danks was/is more accomplished than Jose Bautista at any point during their careers is laughable.

    Danks was never better than a solid #3-4 starter in a rotation and he’s barely a serviceable Major Leaguer at this point… something Bautista can sympathize with considering his 2004 season.

    The fact of the matter is in 5 seasons Danks has been OK for three, and terrible for two. In that same time span Jose Bautista held steady at about 15 homeruns and 50 RBI’s/year before erupting for 54/124 along with what he’s done this season.

    There is nothing more accomplished about John Danks’ career, nothing that sets him apart, and nothing that leads me to believe that Danks’ will ever be considered one of the greatest at his position during what will most likely be another non-descript stint by a guy from Texas who was lucky enough to get a shot in the bigs.

    Jose Bautista has proven himself to be the real deal, something I was skeptical about going into the 2011 season ,but at this point if what he’s doing is based on the will and desire to succeed during every at bat whether it’s against Felix Hernandez, or John Danks, then I say so be it. Perhaps Danks could take a page out of Bautista’s book to salvage some dignity before this season and his career is over.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Look here, intern Rob. 

    John Danks had the best ERA and most wins on the White Sox staff last year.
    He tied Buehrle for the team lead in wins in ’09 and had the best ERA on staff
    He had the lowest ERA on staff in ’08

    Mark Buehrle, Gavin Floyd, Freddy Garcia, Jose Contreras, and Javy Vazquez have been on those staffs. 

    Danks has been Chicago’s best pitcher the past three years. His 0-8 record makes him look a lot worse than he’s been. 

    He was 3rd in WAR for pitchers in ’08 and 7th in ’09 and ’10. He was one of the top pitchers in the American League the past three years. Bautista was a utility player until last year. You really have no clue.

    Stick to hockey next time. Or why don’t you put a little research into your comments rather than just write whatever the heck you want because you’re upset?

  • Anonymous

    Danks reaction to JB in my opinion is the over reaction and classless.  Players being upset with themselfs because they missed hitting a pitch out is very common in baseball.  I’m uncertain how you figure that is a classless act by JB?  I can name you 20 premire MLB players that have reacted like that.  Are they classless as well? 
    I will tell what I think is classless, the CWS radio announcers that suggest JB’s bat may have cork.   Now that my friend is classless.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t Bautista hit 54 homers last year?  John Danks has a career losing record, with a 4 ERA in a weak division…  Not many guys have hit 54 home runs, but lots of chumps have losing MLB records..    Who cares if he was CWS best pitcher, he still isn’t one of the best in the league and NEVER WAS.  0-8 = LOSER!!!  54 baby!!  Enough said, cry more…

  • http://twitter.com/chrisseec Christine Cameron

    I was there and it was Danks who started the hissy fit.  In your pitchers opinion (which you have stated numerous times), you have NEVER swore at yourself for throwing a grand slam pitch? You have never mentally beat yourself up vocally on the mound? If you haven’t then you are rare. Every player is allowed to talk to themselves, or did I miss that whole Freedom of Speech thing? Danks was having a brutal game. Trust me, when Hill hit the grand slam, Danks swore at himself. Was Hill supposed to go up to him and say, “Suck it up Princess”? No. Danks wanted to take his frustration out on someone and he directed it to Bautista. Countless players were ticked at themselves for missing good pitches on both teams during the series and yet Danks thought he was allowed to mouth off. It was poor sportsmanship on the part of Danks, NOT Bautista. You pointed out that not every at bat results in a hit. In doing so, you should also point out that not every pitcher pitches a perfect game.

    Also, could you please explain how Ozzie Guillen’s actions that destroyed property in the visiting managers office is classy and sportsmanlike?

  • http://twitter.com/GregWeeks Greg Weeks

    Yah the score was 9-2 and Bautista was swinging for the fences and got upset at himself for missing a perfect pitch but it was only the 4th inning! If there’s one thing baseball has taught us is that no lead is ever safe and as quickly as the Jays scored 9 runs, the White Sox could have scored 9 runs in the next 4 innings…
    Bautista is out there to perform and he missed the perfect pitch, he should be upset at himself and Danks was whining because he doesn’t think the Jays should be running up the score? I think Danks needs to grow up and act like a professional and just pitch the damn ball.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V3FCCBMQTRSK7VHQPO6PEKABEQ colin

    Danks needs to have tougher skin and not take out his frustrating year by reacting to Bautista. The reaction that Bautista had was to missing a PITCH not getting out to the pitcher. As a hitter there is nothing more frustrating than a missed meatball. Author is clearly jumping on the hate bandwagon all the greats innevitably run in to

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P7H3P3JHWAYU2GZENT2OXEIG7Y RM

    Larry Brown, you are an idiot.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AKR3VC6JIMLNPFUY5KJQTP635A Jack

    I’m a bit concerned about the way you answered this comment. I assume you know this person, given the way you referred to him as “intern Rob,” but still, it seems like you’re just angry.

    Personally, I’d rather have a guy who cares and reacts the way Bautista did on my team.

    Bautista was a utility player, but Danks is headed for his second ERA over 5.00 in 5 years.

    One of the top pitchers in the AL? There’s 14 AL teams, 5 starters in a rotation, so what is a top pitcher in the AL? Top 10?

    The past three years I’ll take Sabathia, Pettite, Beckett, Lester, King Felix, Weaver, Lee, Verlander, even Garza pre-Cubs trade, and that’s just nine off the top of my head.

    No one goes into a series with Chicago dreading facing John Danks. Pitching staffs go into a series against Toronto dreading having to deal with Bautista.

  • Anonymous

    So you just erase comments you don’t like on this site Larry?  Can’t take the truth??   No wonder you are a fake journalist that can’t get a real job.   Keep wasting your time with this joke of a website that noone cares about. 

     Danks is TERRIBLE, 0-8 is TERRIBLE..  Bautista hit 54 homeruns in a MLB season, that’s pretty impressive.  4 ERA and a career losing record in a weak division isn’t something to brag about..  Your comments show why you are UNEMPLOYED..  Bautista has accomplished a hell of a lot more in his last 200 mlb games he has played then Mr. Danks EVER WILL…  Enough said, get back to your crying Larry…  Clown.  

    In short   54 Baby!!!!!!!!!!!!   0-8 IS TERRIBLE!!!!!! cry more

  • http://www.facebook.com/adid.nissan Adid Nissan

    “Sorry to break it to you Jose, but up until this year Danks had been a more accomplished Major Leaguer than you.”

    looooooool i think YOU should do YOUR research, how many hitters have hit over 50 homeruns other than bautista post the steroid era?? ZERO, so eat your words and watch Danks’s next start as a punishment. Maybe if you see how horrible he is you would learn somthing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Wardog Warren Wardog Kosoy

    This guy writing the article is a bigger idiot than a monkey jumping all over a keyboard… the fact is, that baseball players in toronto often get questioned for their heart. Bautista is the first guy in years to put up MVP stats in this city and leave everything out on the field. In the 4th inning, Jose should not be questioned by a sore loser in Danks for showing frustration for just missing a pitch he felt he could hit…
    Danks was being a bitter sore loser and the White Sox can now enjoy their 23-31 record

  • Nathan Leahigh

    Anyone here saying anything accept John Danks is/has been a stellar pitcher, have no idea what they are talking about. So, you’re from Canada and watched him pitch one bad game? He actually has been fairly lights out this season, minus a handful of starts, and has lost many games where he only gave up a run or two. The White Sox offense is a major reason for this win column woes. I understand wanting to stand up for your local superstar, but as Larry mentioned above, he has been a mediocre utility player until last year. John Danks has been quite amazing since the beginning of the 2008 season. Just ask the Minnesota Twins, who he single-handedly snatched the ’08 post season from.

  • Anonymous

    Larry Brown it’s obvious that you’re biased here.
     
    Difference between average and great is great give all they have 100% of the time. Bautista has every right to be angry at himself for anything he does, and what he did was not extreme.
     
    As for you saying Danks having a better career is irrelevant. It’s what your doing now and the former HR king/all-star is possibly in line for mvp honors this year.
     
    Oh and the 5-year 64 million dollar contract that pays him more than Danks, can possibly say that Bautista has had a more accomplished career.
     
    What does Bautista being angry at himself have to do with him not being a humble guy? Is he suppose to stop giving 100% because the score is 9-2? It was only in the 4th.
     
    Like Bautista said “I’m not here to make him feel good” 
     
    This is the big league, and Danks should pitch his game and mind his own business.