Rougned Odor continues to stoke embers of hatred from Toronto Blue Jays fans

Rougned Odor knows Toronto fans are happy to boo him. He’s happy to give them the ability to do so.

Odor, the subject of boos since his 2016 knockout of Jose Bautista, drew more boos on Monday, then seemed to incite the fans all the more with his own trip around the bases on a homer with the Rangers down 17-2. He blew a bubble coming out of the box, jogged slowly, made a pointed gesture as he approached home plate, then did a modified Vince McMahon strut back to the Rangers dugout. He nodded and appeared to smile, too.

“I kind of like it,” Odor said Tuesday of inciting the fans and their reaction. “It means they are watching me. I enjoy the crowd. They are really loud here – I guess because of the dome – but it’s always made me happy to play here. Them booing me is just normal. It’s like playing at home in Venezuela. I enjoy that kind of noise.”

Odor’s strut should stoke those embers a bit longer. Rogers SportsNet, Canada’s sports network, the opportunity to revisit the Bautista punch with a long segment on the Tim and Sid show that aired the bubble blowing in slow motion. It also aired a graphic of Odor’s season batting average of .208 in large letters.

It was Odor’s third home run in 35 plate appearances at Rogers Centre since the Bautista Brouhaha. He has nine hits in those 35 at-bats.

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