All 40 Of Your Home Runs Are Belong To Bautista
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For a blogger like myself who depends so heavily on the power of the written word, honestly … words almost can’t describe what happened at the Rogers Centre last night.
With the Yankees in town, it was surprisingly packed for a weeknight game with the roof closed. Nonetheless, there was a playoff atmosphere at the Rogers Centre I haven’t experienced since J.P. Arencibia’s debut.
Thanks to The Man With the Golden Arm from 1 Blue Jays Way, we had a great bird’s eye view of all the drama down on the field. Everything from Cito Gaston being tossed, to a near bench-clearing brawl, to a streaker who leapt on the field that had to be restrained by about 5-6 ushers.
I don’t know if you guys believe in premonitions or not, but I had a feeling Jose Bautista was going to have a big night. Just take a look at this tweet from about 4 hours before game time. It’s freaky to say the least:
Apparently, Jose Bautista was obliged by my request … so thank you.
Bautista hits his 39th home run of the season off Ivan Nova in the third inning, does his best Neo impression by ducking a pitch thrown at his head in the sixth, then clubs his 40th home run … the eventually game-winner off David Robertson in the bottom of the eighth.
As Jose Bautista single-handedly kept the Blue Jays in the game and Brandon Morrow struck out 12 batters through 6 innings, all I could think was “it can’t get any better than this”. The game continued to exceed my expectations every time, and was punctuated by that solo home run from Bautista.
There were a lot of reasons that game was memorable, and I’m just thankful I was fortunate to be in attendance to see the historic moment of Bautista’s 39th and 40th home runs.