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Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles appeared to be making fun of the criticism leveled at him by Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner after Saturday’s home run.
Bumgarner took issue with Robles looking at a home run while his team was down six runs in the latter part of the tag team match. The veteran pitcher called Robles a “clown” for the move.
Robles responded on Sunday.
An outfielder has been seen putting a red clown nose on his face in the dugout.
Robles, 25, hit his third home run this season and his 28th of his career. It made the score 7-2 and Arizona won by such a margin. But Bumgarner didn’t like that it took Robles a few extra seconds to see where his homer landed.
“Clown”, four-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion told reporters after the game. “Don’t be ashamed. It’s 7-1, you hit your third homer of the year and you’re acting like Barry Bonds breaking the record. Put it away. I don’t care about giving up. Hell, we won 7-2 or 8 -2 whatever it is. It’s frustrating.”
Bumgarner admitted to being “grumpy” and said players admiring home runs didn’t happen in the past.
“I’m a grumpy old guy. I know. But this has never happened before,” Bumgarner said. “Now it’s funny.”
Robles was asked about Bumgarner’s criticism after the game.
“When he has a good serve, he can celebrate and do what he likes. He seems to be calling everyone who actually has a big hit or a home run against him a clown.” Robles said through the Washington Post. “If he doesn’t want anyone to hit a home run against him or have any problems with it, then just strike people out or hit better pitches where he doesn’t have to worry about it.”
This season, Robles hit .236 with three home runs and a .623 OPS.
Washington was 31-65 ahead of Sunday’s series finale against Arizona.