New Brunswick corn maze latest celebration of iconic Jose Bautista bat flip
It’s a moment that will long be remembered by fans of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jose Bautista’s ‘bat flip’ during Game 5 of the 2015 American League Divisional Series has become a thing of legend, and the iconic moment has been immortalized on t-shirts, magnets, phone cases, mugs, and artwork.
Now, Hunter Brothers Farm in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick is getting in on the action.
The 126-year-old farm has turned one of its fields into a massive bat flip corn maze in celebration of Jose Bautista’s epic home run and the Blue Jays’ 40th season.
It’s the 16th year Hunter Brothers has built a maze and the fifth time its celebrated Canadian sport. However, this year marks the first time the family-run farm has dedicated the maze to baseball.
“We’re always looking for new themes,” says Chip Hunter. “My wife found this one. She found out that it was the 40th season of the Blue Jays.”
What better way to honour the MLB-team’s four decades in Canada than with one of the clubs most pivotal moments.
“It’s Canada’s team,” he said. “That seemed to be the perfect image. We’d all been through last fall and that excitement of that series with Texas, so it just seemed to be the perfect thing.”
The six-acre maze has previously recognized, Terry Fox, The Beatles, and the Centennial of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
With help from surveyors, the farm uses computers, drones, and GPS to layout the design of the maze.
According to the farm’s website, there’s more to the maze than just finding the exit.
“The objective is not to find your way out, but rather to find and answer all the trivia questions related to our theme that are hidden throughout the maze.”
The maze is set to open to the public on Sept. 10. and close Oct 30, the same day the Jose Bautista and the Blue Jays could be playing in Game 5 of the World Series.
“Unless it snows,” said Tom Hunter. “Could be toast sooner.”
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