Jose Bautista Goes Yard and Unleashes a Modest ‘Anti-Bat Flip’

Jose Bautista is not well-liked in Texas; that much is clear. Judging by the numerous shirts and signs in Texas slagging the Blue Jays’ slugger, he is apparently public enemy number one in Texas.

Even though Joey Bats has adopted a heel role south of the border, it doesn’t seem to be affecting his play on the field very much. If anything, it’s only made him stronger.

Jose Bautista teed off on Jake Diekman for a three-run home run in the top of the 9th inning. And instead of some sort of exuberant celebration, he did this instead:


A very gentle cradle of his bat (by comparison to other celebrations) and gently placed it on the ground. Bautista gave the bat a bath, read it a nighttime story and sang it a lullabye before watching it slowly drift off into dreamland.

I couldn’t think of a better way to silence the Rangers crowd than by going yard and then softly laying your bat down to sleep.

If revenge is a dish best served cold, Jose Bautista brought enough in Tupperware containers for the entire Rangers roster and politely put a Post-it note on the lid with instructions on how to reheat said dish.

Just in case there was any doubt, Jose Bautista took this offering down the middle of the place and absolutely crushed it left field.


And just in case you thought the players may have forgotten about the whole Jose Bautista/Rougned Odor incident, Delino DeShields was caught doing this in the dugout after the game.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.