Benches emptied in Wednesday's game between the Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays after Jose Bautista hit a home run, stood at home plate and stared toward Eric O'Flaherty before flipping the bat away.
Jace Peterson said something to Bautista as he rounded first, and Kurt Suzuki was waiting for Bautista when he touched home.
"That's something making the game tough to watch," O'Flaherty said, referring to previous home run celebrations by the Toronto slugger. "It's turned into look-at-me stuff. He hit a home run with [the Braves holding] a five-run lead and throws the bat around. I'm just tired of it. I've seen it from him enough."
O'Flaherty then brought up a punch that Bautista took just over a year ago during a scuffle with Rougned Odor of the Texas Rangers.
"I'm surprised he's ready to fight after last year," O'Flaherty said.
Bautista said he hoped to move on.
"I understand why [the Braves] would be upset in that situation, and I just told them how I felt," he said. "Basically just let them know that I wasn't trying to show up anybody and hopefully it's in the past. It has nothing to do with [frustration], but it was definitely not something that was fitting for the moment.
"Sometimes our competitive juices come out in the wrong moment. We have to deal with it between the lines like men -- I feel like I did that and hopefully that's enough."