J.A. Happ flops, Blue Jays shut out by Twins

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ throws against the Minnesota Twins at the Rogers...

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ throws against the Minnesota Twins at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, June 10, 2014. (TOM SZCZERBOWSKI/USA Today)

Mike Rutsey, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:48 PM ET

TORONTO - Leadership comes in many forms.

It can appear on the field as a clutch hit late in the game, a perfect throw to the plate or an up-against-the-wall circus catch.

It can also come in quiet times, like one-on-one conversations.

Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has done all that and more this season, the clear cut leader on a first-place team.

The other day, in a post-game scrum with Kevin Pillar, the hero of Monday’s victory thanks to his RBI single in the ninth inning that supplied a walkoff win over the Minnesota Twins, the young outfielder spoke of how earlier in the day Bautista spoke to him about the hardships of being a part-time player, offering advice and a pep talk rolled into one.

Leadership or lack of same wasn’t an issue in Tuesday’s game against the Twins.

J.A. Happ was.

Perhaps Bautista should have a chat with him.


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