Jose Bautista didn’t hurt John Danks at the plate Sunday, but the Blue Jays slugger did wound the struggling White Sox starter’s pride.
With Toronto leading Chicago 9-2 in the fourth inning, Bautista popped-up a Danks fastball and reacted with disgust, chewing himself out and slamming his bat to the ground.
Danks, whose 2011 record is now 0-8 with a 5.25 ERA, took it personally and said something to Bautista as he passed him on his way back to the Jays’ dugout.
"I just told him to run the bases," Danks told reporters following the game. "He was out there acting like a f—–g 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—t, I think."
Danks wasn’t done:
"He isn’t that good to be acting like he needs to hit every ball out of the ballpark. 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. I just told him run the bases and quit acting like a clown."
For his part, following the Jays’ 13-4 win, Bautista said he doesn’t care what Danks thinks.
"I was upset at missing a pitch, at myself," Bautista explained. "If he took it the wrong way, I’m sorry, but I’m not here to make him feel good.
"It really doesn’t matter to me what he thought. What I’m not going to allow is when I’m running by him, him yelling at me again, so I yelled back at him."