What Had Happened Was: 5/18/17
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Almost a year to the day after Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista got the left side of his face rearranged by Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor, the man they call Joey Bats was back at it again Wednesday night, this time against the Atlanta Braves. This time, instead of a slide, it was one of his famous bat flips — which runs counter to the unspoken rules of baseball — after hitting a home run in the eighth inning. The Blue Jays were still down at the time, 8-4, but Bautista is gonna do what he wants to do.
Well, several Braves players took exception, a pair of benches cleared, and after the game, that’s when the real fireworks flew.
Frankly, bat flipping is the closest thing baseball has to “posterizing” or stunting on someone. Basketball crowds go wild when a player rises up and ends another player’s (figurative) life on the court with a monster dunk, and don’t get me started about how football or hockey fans go crazy when one of theirs lays down the wood on an opponent. With baseball, as the Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper said last year, there’s none of that.
— Blake Von Hagen (@blake_vonhagen) May 18, 2017
THIS IS NOT A DRILL!
"Surprised he’s ready to fight again after last year"
🚨🚨 ERIC O'FLAHERTY ON JOSE BAUTISTA 🚨🚨
— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) May 18, 2017
Don Sutton: "Jose Bautista has already finished second in one fight before so I don't know if he wants it again."
— Local Alligator Man (@fergoe) May 18, 2017
— David W. Cash (@dwcashMLB) May 18, 2017
Another clip of the brass band playing at the removal of the Beauregard statue. pic.twitter.com/sTkLBhqBLy
— Danny Monteverde (@DCMonteverde) May 17, 2017
Today is the 63rd anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. In 1954, the Supreme Court found segregated schools unconstitutional. pic.twitter.com/YBtlswkRdK
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) May 17, 2017
FOR THE CULTURE
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Howard University graduates swag surfed at their graduation ceremony. Like how can someone hate black people? We live baby! pic.twitter.com/3U0za9RFI5
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Rihanna hyping Rihanna is the best thing ever. pic.twitter.com/8kdnsslNm3
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