Yordano Ventura tweeted (and quickly deleted) that Blue Jays six-time All Star Jose Bautista is a “nobody” following the conclusion of a contentious weekend series between the Royals and Jays in Toronto. The Jays are playing the Twins today at the Rogers Centre — David Price’s debut with the team — so this story is still fresh in Toronto. For his part Bautista downplayed the Ventura stuff.
Sportsnet pregame analyst Gregg Zaun, a former journeyman Major League catcher, ensured that this story isn’t going away with a WWE-style rant lobbed at Ventura for “running his mouth.” Zaun did offer some salient critiques, most notably that it’s a lot easier for Ventura to stir the pot with 100 mph fastballs when pitchers don’t have to bat in the American League. He also mentioned the only reason Ventura isn’t in the minors is because Jason Vargas blew out his elbow.
Odds are those fair opinions will be overshadowed by this scorching line: “show some respect and stop writing checks with your mouth that your skinny ass can’t cash.” Zaun also suggested Ventura knock on the clubhouse door “like a man” instead of writing tweets.
Let’s see what happens next. The Royals are off on Monday. A postseason series between the two clubs certainly would be interesting.
Suffice to say Zaun might want to avoid Kansas City for the near future.