Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, he of the game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning on Wednesday night, came bounding out of the clubhouse for pre-game batting practice, stopped suddenly, threw his arms up in the air and proclaimed: “Where’s all the media today?”

For sure, the media turnout for Wednesday night’s game against the Indians was about half, or less, than it was for the home opener on Tuesday. But at least Bautista had a smile on his face. That wasn’t the case at times during the opener as he struck out twice and expressed his frustration with some words directed at home plate umpire Jeff Nelson, at least once. It was something that was a common practice last season and something that new manager John Gibbons talked to his slugger about at spring training.

Still, Gibbons believes that Bautista’s tendency to complain at the plate won’t be a major problem this season.

“Some guys are very intense,” said Gibbons. “(But) what can happen, if it happens too often ... they (the umpires) start to think you’re whining. But we’ve played one game and it hasn’t been an issue yet.”

Gibbons said there’s a positive way of expressing disappointment if you feel the umpires aren’t giving you any breaks at the plate.

“You talk back and forth,” he said. “That’s common in baseball, it’s always been that way. The thing is, if you explode on them (umpires), that’s when they have a problem with it. Basically like you’re showing them up, now everybody in the stands knows you’re on them. Nobody likes to be shown up in the game, nobody likes to be jumped on.”

“What happens, if it happens too often, they — I don’t want to say they’re out to get you — but it can cause some problems,” Gibbons added. “But it may never become an issue.”

For his part, Bautista said that too much is being made of his so-called problems with the umps, adding that he plays with emotion and doesn’t mean any disrespect when he reacts to a call.

“Sometimes I have trouble more than other players dealing with my production being affected by somebody else’s mediocrity,” Bautista told reporters. “It’s just the way that I am as a person, it’s a tougher pill to swallow for me sometimes.”