Sidney Crosby approves of Jose Bautista’s emphatic bat flip

Sidney Crosby held on to his stick while celebrating last season, but was OK with Jose Bautista flipping his bat Wednesday.

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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has lost himself in the moment several times during his decorated career on the ice.

After all, the two-time Hart Trophy winner has enjoyed numerous opportunities to do so, winning the 2009 Stanley Cup and 2010 and 2014 Olympic gold medals.

While impressive feats to be certain, Crosby never did launch his hockey stick in the same manner that Jose Bautista cast aside his bat after the Toronto Blue Jays slugger belted a three-run homer on Wednesday.

Crosby, who is a Blue Jays fan, also had no qualms with it.

"You’ve got 50,000 people at home, with a home run like that, that’s just pure emotion," Crosby told the Toronto Star after the Blue Jays’ 6-3 win over the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.

"I don’t think he was trying to show anybody up. We’ve all been in different situations. That was pretty exciting. If there was a time for one, that would probably be it."

Crosby’s most iconic goal came in Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Games, when he accepted a feed from Jarome Iginla and slipped the puck past United States goaltender Ryan Miller to clinch the gold medal for Canada. 

Crosby began his celebration by tossing his stick approximately a foot to the ice, but the Americans didn’t seem to take issue — unlike the Rangers.

(h/t Toronto Star)