Bautista’s Bat Flip Led To A Payback Punch… And Hilarious Memes
OK, if you watch baseball, you know most fights look like this:
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Benches clear and players meet in the middle of the field, but all it amounts to is pushing and shoving.
There’s usually a tough guy or two who does the whole “HOLD ME BACK, BRO” thing until things simmer down.
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Lots of theatrics, not much action.
But recently, Rougned Odor of the Texas Rangers and Joey Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays went at it and PUNCHES WERE THROWN.
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OK, more like one punch, but it was a REALLY GOOD punch. Canelo vs. Khan-level good. (Also, here’s how you pronounce “Rougned Odor.”) Here’s a quick rundown of what led to that vicious right to Bautista’s jaw:
Last year, Bautista’s bat flip versus the Texas Rangers was one of the biggest sports stories of the year. The Rangers didn’t like it very much. So, when Bautista was hit by a pitch during a recent Blue Jays-Rangers game, he believed it was retaliation for his famous bat flip. After all, baseball players are notorious for holding grudges. A few plays later, Bautista tried to break up a double play by sliding dangerously close to Rangers second baseman Odor. It was Bautista’s form of payback. But Odor wasn’t down with that, so he stepped to an oncoming Bautista and cracked him so hard that Bautista’s helmet and sunglasses flew off. At this point, you’ve probably said to yourself, “Who cares about the recap? Just lemme watch that punch over and over.” (You can watch the full fight at MLB.com.)
And, of course, the Internet had a field day with the brawl. There was a “post-fight photo” that surfaced:
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There was also a fashion debate:
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For some, the fight symbolized what it’s like when the weekend is over:
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Others were reminded of Instagram drama:
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Someone gave the fight a “Sonic The Hedgehog” remix:
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And someone else discovered there was a better way to fight Odor.
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Crying Jordan made an appearance. Not once…
The Jose Bautista Crying Jordan the Internet has been waiting for. pic.twitter.com/lbxJV7YigP
— Joe Giglio (@JoeGiglioSports) May 15, 2016
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Bautista after seeing the Internet explode with slow mo videos of him getting rocked…?????????✊✊✊⚾️⚾️⚾️ #josebautista #bautista #mlb #mlbfight #fight #baseball #cryingjordan #cryingjordanmeme #sadjordan #lmao #lol #funny #funnymemes
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Odor’s punch reminded some about this classic scene from “Friday”:
— BLACK ADAM SCHEFTER (@B1ackSchefter) May 16, 2016