In a recent article for The Players Tribune, Toronto Blue Jays right fielder, Jose Bautista took the media, and others, to task for criticizing his reaction (flipping his bat) to hitting a three-run, game and series winning home run against the Texas Rangers in the ALDS playoffs. Was it the first or even the best bat flip ever? I don’t think so. Sam Dyson, the Rangers Pitcher who threw the historic pitch to Bautista made the following comment regarding the incident.
“Jose needs to calm that down, just kind of respect the game a little more. He’s a huge role model for the younger generation that’s coming up playing this game, and I mean he’s doing stuff that kids do in Wiffle ball games and backyard baseball. It shouldn’t be done.”