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Dodgers: Trevor Bauer Fully Embraces the Villain Role in the Giants Rivalry



If Friday night was any indication of how the Giants and Dodgers rivalry will go in 2021, we’re in for a wild ride. It provided every bit of a playoff atmosphere that we come to expect as fans over the years between these 2 NL West teams. 

Friday was also Trevor Bauer’s first taste of the rivalry as a member of the Dodgers. And boy did he ever embrace it. Bauer tossed 6.1 innings and was hit with just 1 unearned run. He punched out 11 Giants and gave up just 2 hits all night. 

But it was Bauer’s exit from the game that had Dodgers fans buzzing. He pumped his arms into the air egging on Giants fans to let the boos rain down and cupped his ears in an “I can’t hear you” fashion.

After the game, Bauer explained his side of things. 

Fans wanted to boo me so I wanted them to turn the volume up. If you’re going to boo me, then don’t half-whatever. Just give it to me. …People have disliked me for a long time and people have tried to bully me. I’m comfortable there.

It’s not the first time in his career that he has exited to booing, and it certainly won’t be the last. But the Dodgers pitcher seems to have fully embraced his role as the villain in the Giants rivalry. It’s safe to say that fans in San Francisco will never like the guy. 

I mean, they’re gonna hate me anyway. So I might as well lean into it. I like when the crowd is into it. It makes the moment feel bigger and I perform better in those moments. So it just feeds me.

Bauer’s Dodgers teammates and even Dave Roberts seemed to love it. Doc said “let the kids play” when asked how he felt about Trevor’s exit. It certainly got the Giants crowd fired up and made for a very fun game overall. 

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The Dodgers and Giants still have 2 more games to play this weekend and play 4 more next week. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and it always is when these 2 teams are very good. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. In pro sports you will always be cheered by the home fans and jeered by the visiting fans. If you’re strong minded you’ll be able to handle and embrace it. Bauer is a very strong-willed individual w/ nothing bothers him, I like it. You see some pro athletes cannot handle it and then lose their focus to perform. Not Bauer or Kelly. It intensifies the rivalry, and brings excitement to the game. Dodger fans be ready for the Giants and Asterisks (Cheaters) coming to town!

  2. In his post game interview I thought Bauer was going to recite the zpledge of Allegiance, but then realized he probably had his hand over his heart to hide one of his unauthorized logos.

  3. I must say that Bauer’s exit was amusing and I completely appreciated it. Whenever our pitchers and players can shut down the Giants fans from their obnoxious chanting, we should all feel good. Bauer let the Giants’ fans know that their chants, taunts, jeers, and boos could not touch him on the mound or as he left it.

  4. I’m a Dodger fan and I’ll boo him.He looks like crap in a Dodger uniform.He should get a Kardashian logo stiched on his jersey.

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