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Blue Jays’ TV analyst Gregg Zaun rips into Royals’ Yordano Ventura

Blue Jays analyst Gregg Zaun came to the defense of Toronto oufielder Jose Bautista.
Blue Jays analyst Gregg Zaun came to the defense of Toronto oufielder Jose Bautista. The Associated Press

Three Yordano Ventura tweets may have existed for just a few minutes on Sunday, but they continued to draw a reaction from Blue Jays players and television personalities.

After Sunday’s brouhaha in Toronto, Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista tweeted that he had lost respect for Royals manager Ned Yost, who had defended umpire Jim Wolf. Apparently, that angered Ventura, who tweeted at Bautista — and then deleted the tweets soon after.

Because nothing on social media is ever truly gone, those tweets were translated, and they were not complimentary of Bautista.

Bautista responded to the deleted tweets by telling reporters in Toronto:

“I think he’s a great player. I think he’s a young player that could use some maturing and hopefully he focuses on playing the game and allow his ability to create a name for himself and just be a good part of his community wherever he ends up establishing himself as a pitcher.”

Although Bautista was hardly complimentary, it was much nicer than the rant by former Royals catcher Gregg Zaun, who is an analyst at Rogers Sportsnet.

Zaun defended Bautista and ripped into Ventura, saying among other things: “Stop running your mouth, kid. We all know what you’re about … .”

Here is the whole “speech” by Zaun. Be aware that there is some language that could upset people.


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