It began when Toronto's Kevin Pillar was not happy because he was quick-pitched by the Braves' Jason Motte in the seventh inning, the Associated Press reported.
The Braves recalled infielder Rio Ruiz from Triple-A Gwinnett to start at third base against the Blue Jays on Thursday night.
With his team trailing 8-3 and the frustration building, Bautista rocked his sixth homer of the season in the bottom of the eighth and then let loose with the type of display that makes him despised in ballparks not named the Rogers Centre. He yelled toward the mound, prompting Motte to throw up his arms as if he didn't know what the problem was. Pillar headed toward the outfield and the Braves left the field. It was immature, stupid and inapropriate. It was uncalled for.
Pillar also apologized Thursday on Twitter. You didn't have to be a professional lip reader to see that Pillar appeared to say the six-letter gay slur that starts with the letter "f". "I regret saying it wholeheartedly". A Toronto sports columnist tweeted that the money he would have earned for playing the next two games is to be donated to a charity yet to be named.
Pillar will also pay an undisclosed fine.
"There's no question that he was in the heat of the moment, but that is no excuse whatsoever", Atkins said.
"I probably got a little excited", Gibbons said. "It's definitely not part of the game and the response from a one-word comment from the Braves tells you exactly what he said and what was going on".
This isn't the first time the Blue Jays have had to deal with a player making inappropriate and homophobic remarks. "Becoming a role model and advocate going forward will".
Blue Jays fans can go back to September 2012 when Yunel Escobar was suspended for having slurs written on his black stickers in a game against the Boston Red Sox.
"I hope people see this as just an error in judgement, as a mistake", Pillar said.
During the game, the benches cleared twice, once after Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista homered in the eight inning and stared at Braves pitcher Eric O'Flaherty before flipping his bat.
The fans took the picture of Odor punching Bautista in the face, and photoshopped Braves second baseman Jace Peterson's head on Odor's body. The benches emptied after the Pillar incident but no punches were thrown.
After the Braves took two straight in Toronto, scoring 19 runs, the teams shifted to SunTrust Park to complete the four-game, home-and-home series.
"It's not a good look for me, it's not a good look for our team and it's something that happens when you're competitive", Pillar said. Early reports make it seem likely that Freeman has a broken wrist and will miss an extended period of time.His most infamous bat flip came after he hit a go-ahead homer in the deciding game of the 2015 American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers.
"He was just trying to get me out", Freeman said.
No punches were thrown, but O'Flaherty didn't mince words about Bautista's actions.
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