After taking the opening game of a four-game rivalry set on Memorial Day Weekend, the Dodgers watched their early-May slide tendencies rear their ugly head in dropping the final three games against the Giants.
The third loss of the weekend on Sunday came with a bit of indignation mixed in.
While pouring things on in the first inning against Clayton Kershaw, Giants infielder Mauricio Dubon crossed home plate with one of Trevor Bauer’s signature “sword” celebrations, which is not the first time we’ve seen a triumphant opponent go after Bauer.
This time, though, the righty was not on the mound.
Needless to say, Bauer didn’t enjoy that much at all.
Following the loss, the Troll King had some critiques for Dubon, Fernando Tatis Jr. and anyone else who’d like to stoop to his level for the rest of the summer.
Giants IF Mauricio Dubon did Dodgers starter Trevor Bauer’s sword troll.
Hey, you hit the homer off the pitcher who’s placed in front of you. Would Dubon have loved to crack a statement home run off Bauer, who egged San Francisco’s fans on last week with a well-earned victory? Sure.
Was Kershaw on the mound when he poured it on in the first inning, though? Yes.
Bauer trolls with reckless abandon, and for him to now be the arbiter of chirping must be frustrating for rival fans. However, his message here isn’t supposed to be combative. He’s simply saying that if you want to rub it in his face, then come and get him.
In other words, cheer a dinger off Kershaw, but don’t “sword” it. That’s just irrelevant.
Yes, Bauer believes he’s the one, true troll. If you hate him, it’s insufferable, and seems like an example of not being able to take what he dishes out. The Giants really have to wait ’til he’s back on the mound to clap back?
On the other hand, though … yeah. The gesture loses its luster when you deploy it against someone who had nothing to do with its genesis. Bauer got to pitch against the Houston Astros this week, which was great fun, but it took him out of the weekend series against San Francisco. That gave the Giants carte blanche to run roughshod through Bauer’s celebrations.
At least Fernando Tatis Jr.’s one-eyed celebration came with Bauer on the mound.
The best part of this war of words, though, is that the fools will certainly get another shot or two at the master. The Giants and Dodgers will certainly not be saying goodbye to each other following this weekend. Keep that sword in your belt loop for the summer.