Jose Bautista Trevor Bauer Boot

The Cleveland Indians starting Ryan Merritt in Game Five of the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday turned plenty of heads. Blue Jays’ outfielder Jose Bautista saw it as a chance to poke fun at the inexperienced Merritt, but Merritt and the Indians made him eat his words.

Here is what the confident Bautista said prior to facing Merritt:

“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.”

But as Bautista and the rest of the Toronto lineup soon found out, Merritt wasn’t as nervous as the Jays wanted him to be. The 24-year-old rookie came out and allowed just two hits and no runs in 4-and-2/3 innings of work. This was crucial in the Tribe’s series-clinching 3-0 win.

After both the Indians and their fans saw Bautista’s comments, the trolling was on after Cleveland punched their ticket to the World Series. Let’s start with the players, especially Trevor Bauer (he of the drone injury) and his creative use of a boot:

Other Cleveland players also joined in to mock Bautista:

And players say they don’t read the newspaper. Well, apparently they did in this case. And so did the fans.

While it’s good to credit Bautista for being open and honest, there are definitely consequences that come along with that. Especially when the guy you said would be nervous pitches his team into the World Series.

[For The Win]

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Ryan is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri and has recently returned to his Minnesota roots. He previously has worked for the Columbia Missourian, KFAN radio in Minneapolis and Feel free to email me at rwilliamson29 AT Gmail dot com.