No matter where you stand on Jose Bautista's bat flip — whether you think it was warranted or unwarranted — there's no denying there was a ton of emotion in the Toronto Blue Jays' slugger's homer.
It is for that reason that MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark thinks that the blast was enjoyable.
“There’s a way to do it and as I told Jose, that situation at that time even as a fan, it was an exciting time,” Clark told Sportsnet. “That’s not a disrespect to the pitcher – that’s not a spot that he wants to be in either — but oftentimes over the course of a six-month season and 162 games folks may think guys are going through the motions. The truth is it’s in there and guys do the best they can to control it, and there are times when it comes out and when it does I think it’s great.”
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The home run gave the Jays the lead against the Texas Rangers the lead in the decisive Game 5 of the ALDS.
Sam Dyson, the pitcher on the receiving end of the homer, didn't approve of the bat flip. After the game, he told reporters, “He’s doing stuff that kids do in whiffle ball games and backyard baseball. It shouldn’t be done.”
The Blue Jays went on the win the game, and the series, to advance to the ALCS.