You messed with the wrong group of fans, Jose Bautista. The fans who make up the right field bleachers at Yankee Stadium are a passionate bunch, and there’s no doubt they’re a little extra surly this September with the Yankees heading for an early vacation and Derek Jeter headed for retirement. That thought probably didn’t cross Bautista’s mind on Saturday afternoon when he playfully pump-faked and teased a souvenir toss after catching the final out of an inning during Toronto’s 6-3 victory. Naturally, the fans all took the bait, thinking Bautista was being a nice guy — which he often is — but their collective disappointment was immediately clear as every arm dropped faster than Masahiro Tanaka’s best splitter. A few of those arms probably reappeared with a message for Bautista, but thankfully the cameras didn’t pick that up. Besides, they had a better way to get even anyway, and that opportunity would actually before the next defensive inning. Knowing he’d made a few enemies, Bautista attempted to right the wrong following his pre-inning warmup tosses by actually throwing a ball into the stands. This time, though, the fans weren’t interested. It’s their ballpark, after all, and Bautista’s welcome was worn out. The fan who caught the ball showed it off, ignored the Blue Jays fan who somehow got tickets in right field, and then quickly fired it back in Bautista’s direction.
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