Today is the day when Jose Bautista will probably play his final home game for the Toronto Blue Jays. It’s the end of an era; after 9 years and portions of 10 seasons in a Blue Jays uniform, this may very well be it for Joey Bats in the city Toronto.
Naturally, this is the day when everyone gets a little reflective about the best Bautista moments over the past decade or so. Of course, you can’t have that conversation without starting with his breakout 2010 campaign when he set the new franchise record for home runs.
And yes, that year, Bautista used Usher’s “OMG” as his walk-up song. To this day, I can’t hear that song without it reminding me of Jose Bautista. So going back into the BJH archives, I remember I cobbled this Bautista audio tribute to his 54 home run season back in 2010.
Truth be told, it’s the audio from the first 48 home runs of that season, but the previous franchise high was 47 home runs, and I guess I never got around to adding the final six.
Anyway, enjoy and reminisce and notice how Buck Martinez gets progressively more excited as the season goes on.