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On May 2nd, Canadians will head to the polls and in turn will elect a Prime Minister. While we won’t see Johnny Mac’s name on the ballot, I would gladly cast my vote for John McDonald.
Earlier in the game, my friend and I were marveling how a player like John McDonald with a career .240 batting average has survived 13 years in the major leagues. On his stellar defense alone, Johnny Mac managed to make a career out of being a human highlight reel.
Eventually though, after playing 13 years in the bigs, once in a while you’re going to come up with a big hit. And that walk-off home run was arguably the biggest hit of his career next to his home run last year on father’s day.
I think fans sometimes tend to romanticize certain players as the “Greatest Blue Jay of All Time”, but there’s no question that John McDonald is definitely up there as one of the best. Not necessarily because of his bat, it’s because he’s the consummate professional and team player.
There must have impressionable young minds who watched the game last night and said “I want to be like that”. Hopefully, the parents of those children teach their kids to grow up to play baseball like John McDonald.
That’s the kind of footprint Johnny Mac has left on this team and the impression will continue to leave as long as he’s in a Blue Jays uniform. That moment could not have happened to a better guy and congratulations to John McDonald.
Jose Bautista rides the Bau-cycle
In addition to John McDonald’s thrilling walk-off home run, I was on pins and needles watching Jose Bautista’s at bats in the late stages of the game. After he got the three hardest parts of the cycle out of the way, it seemed like he was destined to hit for the cycle.
However, rather than going for the milestone, Bautista maintained his same approach for every at bat and looked for good pitches to hit. He didn’t alter his game plan whatsoever and drew two walks in his final two at bats.
Just like John McDonald, Jose Bautista displayed why he is a consummate professional. He wasn’t selfish and did what he needed to do to put the team in the best position to win.
Even if he hit a double or a triple, I’m not even convinced Jose would hold up at first base for the single. That’s just the kind of player Jose Bautista is.
So in honour of Jose Bautista’s two walks, double, triple and home run, I say we begin a movement to create the “Bau-cycle”: which includes a walk, double, triple and home run.
As LJ pointed out, if a walk is as good as a hit, then in my mind, Jose Bautista hit for the cycle. In fact, he did something even more impressive – Jose Bautista rode the Bau-cycle.