José Bautista's bat flip
José Bautista's bat flip was a baseball play that occurred in Game 5 of the 2015 American League Division Series, on October 14, 2015, at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario. During the seventh inning, Toronto Blue Jaysright fielderJosé Bautista executed what Andrew Keh of The New York Times described as possibly "the most ostentatious bat flip in MLB history" after hitting a go-ahead, three-run home run off Texas Rangersrelief pitcherSam Dyson. A vital symbol of Toronto's first postseason appearance since 1993, the bat flip was voted Esurance's MLB Award for Best Play on Offense for 2015. In the five games of the ALDS, Bautista batted .273 with two home runs and five RBI.
Bautista finished the 2015 regular season with a .250 batting average, 40 home runs, and 114 RBI. He also walked more than he struck out for the second consecutive year, totaling 110 walks to 106 strikeouts. For the season, he had the lowest line drive percentage of all major league hitters (13.9%).
On October 8, 2015, with just over 1,400 career games played, Bautista made his postseason debut against the Texas Rangers in the American League Division Series (ALDS). As the higher seed, the Blue Jays held home-field advantage over the Rangers, and the first two games were played in Toronto. Jays' ace David Price took on Yovani Gallardo in the first game. Price yielded five runs to the Rangers over seven innings pitched. Gallardo was only able to complete five innings, but held Toronto to two runs and the Texas bullpen was able to hold the lead from that point, winning 5–3. In the second game of the series, Rangers ace Cole Hamels squared off against Marcus Stroman, and both starters went seven innings. Stroman limited the Texas offence to three runs, while Hamels allowed four runs, through only two were earned. Brett Cecil surrendered the tying run in the eighth inning, and the game went tied 4–4 into the 14th. Texas took the lead in the top half, scoring two runs off LaTroy Hawkins. Toronto was unable to answer in their half of the inning, and dropped the second game of the series, 6–4.
The series then moved to Texas, where Marco Estrada got the start for the Blue Jays, opposing Martín Pérez. Estrada held the opposition to one run over 61⁄3 innings, while the Blue Jays were able to score four off of Pérez through his five innings. The Blue Jays were able to add another run and avoid elimination for the first time in franchise history, winning 5–1. In the fourth game, R. A. Dickey became the oldest starting pitcher to make his postseason debut in MLB history, at almost 41 years of age. Derek Holland started for the Rangers, but gave up home runs to Josh Donaldson, Chris Colabello, and Kevin Pillar and exited after two innings, down 6–0. Dickey was pulled after 42⁄3, and replaced by David Price, who pitched three innings out of the bullpen. The Blue Jays took game 4, 8–4, and forced the series to game 5 back in Toronto.
As Price pitched in the fourth pirates of the caribbean at worlds end davy jones death, the start in Game 5 went to Marcus Stroman, who opposed Cole Hamels for the second time in the ALDS. Texas got out to a 1–0 lead quickly, scoring in the first inning. In the third inning, Shin-Soo Choo hit a solo home run, giving Texas a two-run lead. The Jays responded in the bottom of the third, with José Bautista doubling in Ben Revere. In the sixth inning, Edwin Encarnacion hit a home run to tie the game at 2–2.
Prior to Bautista's bat flip, Jays players and fans had been incensed by an overturned call that favored the Rangers. At the top of the seventh inning, with Rougned Odor on third and two outs, Russell Martin was in the process of throwing the ball back to the mound after Aaron Sanchez delivered a pitch, but the ball hit Shin-Soo Choo's bat and bounced toward third base. Odor observed this and ran to home to score the go-ahead run, though the play was initially ruled a dead ball by home-plate umpire Dale Scott and the run was voided. Rangers manager Jeff Banister came out to argue and after a discussion, the umpires awarded the run to Texas, citing rule 6.03a – that Choo was not intentionally interfering with the throw back to the pitcher. Since Choo was in the batter's box, interference could not be called and the play was ruled a live ball. The game was delayed 18-minutes while angry home fans tossed beer cans and garbage on the field. During this time, a video review from the umpires was on confirming with a rules check, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced he was playing the game under protest.
The turning point in the game came during the bottom of the seventh inning, when the Rangers made three consecutive errors; a fielding error by Elvis Andrus, a throwing error by first baseman Mitch Moreland (that was thrown at Andrus), and a missed catch error, also by Andrus, loaded the bases with nobody out. Ben Revere proceeded to hit into a fielder's choice to first, with Moreland throwing to home, where pinch runner Dalton Pompey slid into the catcher Chris Gimenez to prevent the chance of a double play; after a Texas review, the play stood, and no interference was called. At that point the Rangers' sinker-baller Sam Dyson relieved Cole Hamels.
The next batter, José Bautista, hit a three-run home run off Dyson to give the Blue Jays a 6–3 lead. He flipped his bat before running the bases, an action widely applauded by Blue Jays fans and several media outlets but considered unsportsmanlike by some observers. The benches cleared afterward, when Edwin Encarnación threw up his hands to the fans in an attempt to discourage any more garbage being thrown on the field but Dyson interpreted that as Encarnación showboating. At the end of the inning, Dyson and Troy Tulowitzki got into an argument after Dyson touched Tulowitzki on the buttocks when the former was walking back to his dugout, and the benches cleared once again. There were no ejections or punches thrown in either bench-clearing incident.
Roberto Osuna came on to close the game with a five-out save, jose bautista home run the second-youngest pitcher in MLB history to record a postseason save by sealing the 6–3 victory.
Game 5 was nationally televised on FS1 with Kenny Albert, Harold Reynolds, and Tom Verducci on the call. In the top of the 7th inning, Albert helped explain the rule regarding the errant throw by Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin, which resulted in Texas scoring the go-ahead run. In the bottom of the inning, he called José Bautista's go-ahead home run.
The one-one from Dyson, Bautista with a drive, deep left field, no doubt about it!
— Kenny Albert calling José Bautista's home run.
On radio, the game was nationally broadcast on ESPN Radio with Dan Schulman on the call alongside Rick Sutcliffe.
The one-one, Bautista.drives it.DEEP Jose bautista home run Schulman on the call for ESPN Radio.
Locally in Toronto, the game was broadcast on Sportsnet 590 the FAN, the flagship radio station of the Blue Jays Radio Network.
Fly ball, deep left field. Yes sir, there she goes!
— Jerry Howarth's description of Bautista's home run.
The Bautista bat flip became an internet meme. Fans posted numerous responses to the event on Twitter, and shared videos on Vine and other social media websites and mobile apps. It was etched onto jack-o'-lanterns for Halloween, printed on T-shirts and Christmas sweaters, and was also the subject of a thigh tattoo for an Oshawa, Ontario man. It was also commemorated on a Topps 2016 Series 1 baseball card. A corn maze in the Canadian province of New Brunswick was designed with the likeness of the Bautista bat flip. In 2019, the Twitter account MLB GIFS posted a gif of the bat flip after the Toronto Raptors won the Eastern Conference Finals to advance to their first NBA Finals in franchise history.
Bautista's bat flip is added to NHL 17, which is an official National Hockey Leaguesimulation video game, as a personal goal celebration, albeit with an ice hockey stick.
The Kansas City Royals meanwhile, would go on to defeat the Blue Jays in the ALCS, then win the 2015 World Series over the National League champion New York Mets, the Royals first World Series title since 1985.
Bautista wrote an article about the bat flip published in November 2015 in The Players' Tribune. He said he "didn’t plan it. It just happened", and that he was "caught up in the emotion of the moment" when he flipped the bat. Bautista was criticized for the bat flip, which he attributed to a failure to understand differences in cultural backgrounds of players.
Members of the Rangers objected to the bat flip, with Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland stating he did not object to a home run celebration, "but the way he did it". After the home run, Dyson approached Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnación, the next batter in the batting order, and "told him that Jose needs to calm that down, respect the game more". During the post-game press conference, Rangers manager Jeff Banister stated that "we respect everybody", which the media interpreted as a strong suggestion of disapproval of Bautista's actions.
Bautista's bat flip may have been the impetus of the Jays–Rangers brawl jose bautista home run May 15, 2016 in the Rangers' home stadium of Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, in which Rangers relief pitcher Matt Bush hit Bautista with a pitch, Bautista made an illegal slide to second base, and Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor punched Bautista in the face, thereby igniting the brawl. Bautista was suspended for one game for the incident, while Odor was suspended for eight. The Jays and Rangers met in the 2016 American League Division Series playoffs, which was notable for Bautista slamming his bat down to celebrate a home run in Game One, and the series was a 3-0 sweep by the Jays.
On May 17, 2017, in the Atlanta Braves' home stadium of SunTrust Park in Cobb County, Georgia, Bautista did a bat flip on a home run in a five-run game that led to benches clearing. One day later, Braves starting pitcher Julio Teherán intentionally hit Bautista in the left thigh with a fastball, apparently as revenge. The next three batters had consecutive hits, allowing Bautista and a few other runners to score.
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Blue Jays: Jose Bautista vs. Carlos Correa- Home run celebrations
Carlos Correa hit a huge playoff home run on the weekend, and celebrated in a way that we haven’t seen since Jose Bautista in 2015.
Baseball is evolving at a pretty rapid pace, from everything to an increased focus on analytics, pitchers throwing harder than ever, and home runs flying out of ballparks at a record pace. It’s a pretty traditional game, but things are evolving just as pretty much anything will eventually.
Part of that evolution is in the attitude of baseball fans, especially when it comes to some of the “unwritten” rules of baseball. Tradition and respect will always be important between the lines, and that will never go away for “America’s past time”, but I noticed a big difference over the weekend from even just a few years ago.
What I’m referring to specifically was the gigantic home run that was hit by Carlos Correa of the Astros to tie the ALCS up at 1-1 with the Yankees. The extra-inning bomb arguably saved the Astros chances against the Yankees in the series, and it was a moment worthy of celebration, especially for the home crowd in Houston. Correa took full advantage as well, stopping to admire his home run, discarding his bat in a “mic drop” fashion, and putting his hand to his ear to get the crowd to cheer even louder. To cap things off, he shot his helmet into a crowd of teammates around home plate as if it were a basketball, finally touching home plate to tie the series.
Personally, I have no problem with the way that Correa celebrated the big moment, just as I had no problem with Jose Bautista‘s epic bat flip in 2015. I’ll be the first to admit that I am more than a little bias when it comes to the Bautista moment, but I feel pretty much the same way about Correa’s celebration as I did when Bautista had the biggest moment of his MLB career. I can’t imagine what I would do with the euphoria of delivering in that big of a moment.
I say, celebrate to your heart’s content, as long as you’re not directly rubbing anything in your opponent’s faces. Everyone should be expected to be a “good sport” at the highest level of baseball, but it would be ridiculous if people begrudged Www target com credit card application for enjoying a career-defining moment. And from what I’ve noticed on social media and even in the press, very few seem to hold it against him.
Things were a lot different just four years ago when Bautista flipped his bat against the Rangers, and they took exception to the point where it carried over into the next season. Heck, that feud would likely still be going on now if Bautista were still playing. It was viewed by many fans, writers, and even some fellow big leaguers as a sign of disrespect, even if it wasn’t meant that way. Fast forward four years later, and it’s hard to find anyone criticizing Correa for indulging in his big moment.
Maybe people are jose bautista home run to get more used to this sort of thing in the big leagues, as more boisterous celebrations are becoming a little more common these days. Maybe it was because Correa is a more universally likeable figure than Bautista was while in Toronto, even if the Blue Jays’ fan base loved him.
Maybe it was the fact that Correa dedicated his home run to a young man dying of cancer who he visited in the hospital last week, a story that has quickly and deservedly circulated and overwhelmed any negative discussion about the big home run. I’ll admit, I started out wanting to write about why I think Bautista’s home run was a bigger playoff moment, but after reading more details about the Correa story, I didn’t want to go there with the whole thing and maybe that’s part of why he’s getting a pass as well.
Whatever the case, it seems to me that things are evolving with the game of baseball, including around what is and isn’t allowed according to either the actual rulebook, or the written one. Don’t be surprised if the Correa highlight is used as a prime promotional tool for many years by the league, just as Bautista’s has, especially in Canada.
And if are a Blue Jays’ fan who also happens to be the old school type to hate on what we saw from Correa on the weekend, there was still one reason for us all to enjoy it. The blast walked off the Yankees, and that’s reason for us all to celebrate.
No bat flip this time from Jose Bautista as Blue Jays romp to 10-1 win over Texas
Jose Bautista hit another long, punctuating home run for the Toronto Blue Jays in the playoffs against the Texas Rangers.
This time, Bautista dropped his bat softly near home plate and rounded the bases after a 425ft, three-run blast in the ninth inning of the Blue Jays’ 10-1 romp Thursday in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.
“I have a couple of home runs in my career and I think I’ve only flipped it once,” Bautista said. “Just kind of been blown out of proportion because of the moment last year. So I don’t think there was anything too special about laying it down the way I did, because that’s the way that 99.9-plus percent of the time I do it.”
Bautista had that emphatic bat flip after his tiebreaking homer in the ALDS Game 5 clincher last October against the Rangers, and got punched the last time the Blue Jays played in Texas in May. He drove in four runs this time, including an RBI single in Toronto’s five-run third off All-Star lefty Cole Hamels.
Marco Estrada took a shutout into the ninth inning. The All-Star right-hander with an impressive changeup, who won Game 3 in last year’s ALDS after Toronto lost the first two at home, struck out six without a walk.
“He’s mastered his craft,” manager John Gibbons said. “He’s a very calm guy. . He doesn’t get down on himself. As well as he’s pitched in two years here, really no need.”
Estrada has never pitched a complete game in the majors and the Blue Jays didn’t throw one this season. No matter, Estrada gave them all they needed to start this best-of-five series.
“Who cares. We won,” Estrada said.
The last of the Rangers’ four hits off Estrada was Elvis Andrus’ leadoff triple in the ninth. Gibbons removed the right-hander after Shin-Soo Choo’s RBI grounder ended the shutout bid.
Troy Tulowitzki hit a bases-loaded triple for the Blue Jays. Toronto has won four straight overall, including an 11-inning, 5-2 victory over Baltimore in the AL wild-card game Tuesday night.
Bautista was booed heartily average american savings 2020 pregame introductions and while he batted in the first inning. There also were chants of “Rougie! Rougie!” – those were for Rougned Odor, the second baseman who punched Bautista and ignited a bench-clearing brawl in their last meeting May 15. Odor was suspended seven games.
By time Bautista led off the seventh with a walk, the ballpark was quiet with the Rangers down 7-0. After he homered, a fan threw the ball almost back to the infield.
Hamels, the MVP of the 2008 World Series and NLCS for Philadelphia, threw 42 of his 82 pitches in the third. He allowed seven runs (six earned) with three walks in 3 1/3 innings.
“When you give up the amount of runs that I did early in the game, it can kind of deflate anything and everything of what home-field advantage really is,” Hamels said. “It was a major letdown for what I was able to not do.”
Ezequiel Carrera was on second base with two outs in the third when Josh Donaldson hit a liner toward third base. Donaldson, who had four hits, had even stopped running, assuming thatAdrian Beltre would catch the ball -- instead, the rising liner ricocheted off the mitt of the four-time Gold Glover and into left field for an RBI double that made it 1-0.
Encarnacion then had a single on a liner off Hamels’ outstretched glove, before Bautista’s run-scoring single and Russell Martin’s walk to load the bases.
Tulowitzki followed with a triple deep into the right-center gap on a ball that All-Star center fielder Ian Desmond might have lost when running out of the sun and into the shadows while getting close to the wall during jose bautista home run late afternoon.
“We’d be talking about how great a play it was if he made the catch,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said.
Melvin Upton Jr homered starting the Toronto fourth before Andrus’ one-out throwing error from shortstop allowed leadoff hitter Devon Travis to reach. Donaldson’s RBI double chased Hamels, and Alex Claudio then pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings.
When Texas had errors on three consecutive plays in that shaky seventh inning of Game 5 last October, leading up to Bautista’s homer, Andrus had two of them. Andrus had misplayed a grounder to start that frame, and dropped an easy toss on what would have been a sure force out.
Jose Bautista’s home runs not enough for Blue Jays as Royals return to World Series
KANSAS CITY, Mo. // Jose Bautista gave the Toronto Blue Jays a chance to keep their season alive with two swings of his mighty bat, only to squander it with one throw from his strong right arm.
The result? The Kansas City Royals are returning to the World Series for the second straight year, while the Blue Jays are headed home after a heartbreaking 4-3 defeat in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series.
“I was able to come through twice,” Bautista said. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.”
Bautista became the first Blue Jay in postseason history to hit two homers in a game when he followed his solo shot in the fourth inning with a tying, two-run homer in the eighth on Friday night. But it was his throw from right field in the bottom half of the inning, just after a 45-minute rain delay, that allowed the Royals to score the go-ahead run.
Lorenzo Cain had reached base with a hard-earned walk off Roberto Osuna, and Eric Hosmer rapped a single down the line. Bautista fielded it cleanly and fired to second base, thinking that Hosmer might try to stretch the hit into a double.
The longer throw gave Cain the time he needed to score from first base.
“I had a feeling Bautista was going to come up and throw to second base. He’s been doing it,” Royals third base coach Mike Jirschele said. “As soon I saw him release the ball to second, I had Lorenzo coming in. I knew we were going to take a shot at it.”
Bautista thought there was enough time to throw to second and still keep Cain at third.
“I was wrong,” he said.
Toronto nearly bailed him out. Russell Martin and walked Kevin Pillar reached base off Royals closer Wade Davis to start the ninth before pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro jose bautista home run out. After stolen bases put runners on second and third, Davis struck out Ben Revere, then got Josh Donaldson on a bouncer to third, sending the Royals scurrying on the field in a wild celebration.
They will open the World Series on Tuesday night against the New York Mets, trying to do one win better than they did last year. In their first trip to the Fall Classic in 29 years, they lost in Game 7 to San Francisco with jose bautista home run tying run standing 90 feet from home.
For the Blue Jays, it was a frustrating ending to a late-season surge that ended their own postseason drought dating to 1993. They had rallied from a 2-0 series deficit against Texas in the divisional round, then staved off elimination against the Royals in Game 5 in Toronto.
They jose bautista home run couldn’t win their fifth straight elimination game.
“They made a run at it,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “I really couldn’t be more proud of our guys. They laid it out every day. They’re great competitors and a fun bunch.”
Alex Rios had an RBI single in the seventh, but only after two marvelous plays by Toronto limited the damage. Ben Revere made a leaping grab at the fence to rob Salvador Perez of a two-run shot to left, and second baseman Ryan Goins made a sliding grab to rob Alex Gordon of a single.
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