The postseason showdown between the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays is already off to a controversial start, after Jose Bautista and Rougned Odor used the national anthem as a platform to stage a protest – specifically, a protest of each other’s physical well-being.
At first glance, it appeared to be anthem like any other. However, a handful of observers noticed that whereas all others player stood and removed their caps, Bautista and Odor stood on the middle of the diamond and swung their fists wildly at each other’s jaws.
“I want to make it very clear that this protest is in no way intended to disrespect America’s military,” Bautista explained while holding Odor in a tight headlock. “I just believe that some serious change needs to occur in the structural makeup of Rougned’s face.”
“To echo this motherf***er Jose’s point, many people aren’t given this kind of platform to exercise their freedom of speech,” added Odor while repeatedly kneeing Bautista in the groin. “Or, in this case, their freedom of teaching a punk-ass a thing or two about how real men fight.”
Bautista indicates that he’ll continue to stage these hand-to-hand combat protests for the remainder of the series, because, in his words, “f**k that guy.”