Toronto Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista dropped the mic on the American League Division Series (ALDS) Wednesday night with a “bat flip seen round the world.”
Bautista, also known as Joey Bats, crushed a three-run homer in the seventh inning of Game 5 of the ALDS, putting the Blue Jays ahead of the Texas Rangers 6-3. The 34-year-old outfielder highlighted his handiwork with a monstrous flip of the bat.
“I can’t really remember what was going through my mind, to be quite honest with you,” Bautista said after the game. “After I made contact … I just enjoyed the moment, rounded the bases, got to the dugout. And after all the guys stopped punching me and hitting me is when I kind of started realizing what had happened.
“I knew I did something great for the team at the moment of impact because I knew I hit that ball pretty good, and I gave us the lead in a crucial moment so I was happy to do that,” Bautista said.
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It was Toronto’s first home playoff win since Joe Carter’s home run secured the 1993 World Series, and the homer (and bat flip) will arguably go down as one of the biggest moments in Blue Jays franchise history.