Down 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning after one of the most controversial calls in the history of the postseason, the Toronto Blue Jays came to bat. The fans were disgruntled, rattled and annoyed. Chants of “Bull$%&!” were loudly heard around the stadium and beer cans and nachos were only some of the objects thrown onto the field which resulted in an 18-minute delay.
Jays fans felt they were being targeted being the only Canadian team and petitions were being signed to figure out the reason why. Disgruntled, disappointed, down 1 in the bottom of the 7th everything was going wrong for the Blue Jays. But as we’ve seen before getting Jose Bautista and the Jays mad is probably one of the worst ideas imaginable (just think of Darren O’Day or Edinson Volquez).
Rogers Centre was loud, hanging on every pitch. The stadium was shaking as Russell Martin, the victim of the controversial play dug into the box. Cue the remarkable. This inning really showed that baseball gods do exist and are watching over everything. Elvis Andrus, who has a .972 fielding and is known as a good defender, made two consecutive errors in an inning that will be remembered for ages to come.
The bases were now loaded with the sure-fire MVP Josh Donaldson coming to the plate and place could not be any louder. Fans were believing again, rowdier than ever and wanting to prove everyone wrong. A bloop single tied the game and the rally towels were out in full force.
Enter Jose Bautista, the longest-tenured Blue Jay came to the plate. The undeclared captain who has seen the highs and lows of the Blue Jays over the last few seasons. The man who’s season was overshadowed by Josh Donaldson, the player who everyone doubted and didn’t think had it in him for another season. The fans on their feet, the towels waving and the deafening noise. The famous saying goes, “Big time players shine in big time moments.” Did he ever.
A soaring drive into the seats in left field sent the Rogers Centre crowd into a frenzy. The noise that no one thought could get louder just did. The jumping, screaming, dancing, hugs, and high fives overcame the once disappointed stadium. Sadness turned into pure joy.
Then the bat flip was broadcasted later on the Jumbotron and “Jose, Jose, Jose, Jose” chants echoed through the building. Oh man was it a big bat flip. That flip will go down in Blue Jays’ history forever. That bat flip will be streamed on SportCenter for years and years to come and was a career-defining moment for Jose Bautista and the dream season the Toronto Blue Jays are having. That bat flip had 194,000 shares on twitter and was trending all over the world. Yes, all over the world, not just Canada. The “bat flip that was heard ’round the world” is a fitting title, and the Jays and Canada were sure enough ‘Charged up’ and now are headed to the ALCS.
Man how can you not love baseball?