Jose Bautista’s bat flip was awesome, not controversial

Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista.
Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista.

Movie Quote of the Day:

“Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now.”

– Achilles, Troy (2004)

I’m a little late to this party, but I loved Jose Bautista’s celebration after hitting a go-ahead, three-run home run in the seventh inning in game five of the ALDS. Bautista delivered in one of the greatest moments in MLB Postseason history. He absolutely crushed a baseball that probably still hasn’t landed yet (obviously that’s not true, it was recorded at 442 feet). In my opinion, it was the bat flip and stare down of the century. Here’s a quick look at the “controversial” celebration:

bat flip gif

There’s a lot of unwritten rules and codes in baseball, most of which I have never understood because I never played baseball at a high level. In baseball’s eyes, Bautista broke every one of them after he hit the home run. The old-time baseball fans need to get off Bautista’s back. Celebrations and showing off appeal to younger generations. That’s why a lot of young people love football, basketball, and even soccer. Those sports let the players celebrate after making great plays. Baseball needs to start allowing Bautista-type celebrations more often, and not frown upon it.

This is probably the biggest home run in the history of the Toronto Blue Jays franchise. This is an organization that has been in the gutter of Major League Baseball since the organization won the World Series in 1993. There was nothing controversial about his celebration. It was awesome. Like my dad said when it happened, to the victor go the spoils.

Thanks for reading

Shane Price
Follow me on Twitter – @priceisright53

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