Obviously the sound bite that everyone latched onto was the one were Danks called Bautista an "(expletive) clown", but this one peaked my interest as well:
"No doubt, he's one of the best hitters in the league. But he's out there acting like he's Babe Ruth."Nobody wants to throw out the B-word around freely in this era, but just for the sake of comparison, I wanted to see how Jose Bautista's numbers measured up to the Great Bambino through the first 45 games of the season.
I took samples from both Ruth's record-breaking 60 home run season in 1927 as well as arguably his best season ever, his MVP-winning year in 1927. The results are frighteningly similar across the board:
It may be a little premature to make these conclusions almost one third of the way through the season, but by all indications if Jose Bautista can continue this pace, he will have a season that can be dubbed worthy of being "Ruthian".
If Jose Bautista is "acting like Babe Ruth" as John Danks indicated, he's doing a pretty damn good impression of the Great Bambino.