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Indians players had so much fun picking on Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista reacted after he was forced out at second base on an inning-ending double play during the sixth inning in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians in Toronto on Wednesday.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista reacted after he was forced out at second base on an inning-ending double play during the sixth inning in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians in Toronto on Wednesday. The Associated Press

During last year’s American League Championship Series, Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista faked throwing a ball to the fans at Kauffman Stadium, and angered many of the Royals faithful.

Royals fans got the last laugh as they watched the Royals win the ALCS.

Ahead of Game 5 of this year’s ALCS between Toronto and the Cleveland Indians, Bautista said Indians’ pitcher Ryan Merritt would be scared of facing the Blue Jays, because it would be just his second start in the majors (the first was against the Royals on Sept. 30).

“With our experience in our lineup,” Bautista said, “I’m pretty sure he’s going to be shaking in his boots more than we are.”

Well, things didn’t turn out well for the Blue Jays, who lost 3-0 as the Indians won the AL pennant.

The Indians players took time from the post-game celebration to troll Bautista.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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