Rios cares

By now you probably all know that Alex Rios had one of the most shittacular outings that a hitter can possibly have yesterday when he struck out five times.

In five at bats.

The Mockingbird breaks down the horrendous performance here.

Last night, after the game, the Jays Care Foundation held a fundraiser at the Royal Ontario Museum. The foundation does good work, like when it recently donated $1 million to a Boys and Girls Club in Scarborough. Good stuff.

Anyway, Rios attended the fundraiser. As he was leaving, someone apparently asked for his autograph and was rejected. Another fan in the area, apparently unhappy with Rios’s platinum sombrero (or Olympic Rings if you prefer) yelled at Rios, “the way you played today, Alex, you should be lucky somebody wants your autograph.”

You could make the argument that going after Rios like that at a fundraiser isn’t the best thing to do, but the way Rios responded, considering the fact that kids around were in the area, is about 100 times worse.

Just watch for yourself:

Whatever you think about how the main characters acted in the video, the thing I really take away from it is that, contrary to popular opinion, Rios really does care. He’s obviously frustrated and angry, I just hope he’s more upset with himself for his performance than the fact that he was getting heckled.

Either way, here’s hoping he takes that anger, channels it into his bat and demolishes Zack Greinke tonight. Fingers crossed.

(H/T to Mockingbird commentor Josh for the video)

UPDATE: Rios apologized.

6 thoughts on “Rios cares

  1. Yikes!

    Note to self: don’t ask someone for their autograph the day they go 0 for 5. I’m sure Adam Lind would’ve been more than happy to sign something if someone ran into him yesterday. Just a bad day at the office for Rios.

  2. Why do you think he cares Clem?

    He quite clearly says “Who gives a fuck?”.. Haha, that is surprising and very shocking video. I really expected Rios to be a calm and cool type guy at most times and .. you know, pro athletes you figure would be used to shrugging dumb shit like that off.

    Still though, I find the worst part of the whole video is that he just didn’t sign the autograph for the kid.

    I could imagine if there was a big huge group of people and he didn’t want to be tied up for horus (maybe there were more people off camera?) But one little kid, come on, how can you not sign that?

    • To have a reaction like he did, something is bothering him. Whether it was his performance or the heckling or some unknown third irritant, something was under his skin.

      Like I said, I just hope it was him being upset with his platinum sombrero.

    • Also, I could be very wrong, but I was attributing the “who gives a fuck?” to his reported “extreme uncomfortableness” with the English language.

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