Ball from Bautista’s bat flip sells at auction for $28,000
The home-run ball that prompted Jose Bautista’s notorious bat flip in 2015 has sold at auction for more than $28,000.
According to the Lelands Auction House website Saturday, there were 17 bids. The winning one went for $28,252.
Bautista put Toronto ahead 6-3 and theatrically flipped his bat high in the air, a gesture that did not sit well with Texas and left long-lasting tension.
The Blue Jays won the game to rally from a 2-0 deficit in the best-of-five series. They lost to the eventual World Series champion Kansas City Royals in the AL Championship Series.
Bautista is a free agent after leaving Toronto in 2017 and playing for Atlanta, the New York Mets and Philadelphia in 2018.