Jose Bautista– 2015 ALDS- Game 5- Bat-flip home run off Texas Rangers Sam Dyson
Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers will live on forever in the minds of Blue Jays fans all over. You would be hard pressed to find a crazier inning of baseball ever played in the history of the game than what occurred during that infamous 7th inning.
The 7th inning began with the Jays down 3-2 in the decisive Game 5 contest, as the Rangers had just taken the lead in their top half, scoring a run on a zany play in which catcher Russell Martin inadvertently threw the ball of Shin-Soo Choo‘s bat, allowing Rougned Odor to score from third. After an umpire conference and field visits from both managers, the run counted, setting the stage for bat flip dramatics.
After Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus forget how to field, the Jays were well positioned with two men on base and a run already across the board when Bautista stepped up. “Joey Bats” destroyed the Dyson offering sending the Rogers Center into complete chaos. Bautista would put an exclamation point on the home run with the now famous bat flip heard around the world.
The benches would clear a couple times following, however, when the order was finally restored the Blue Jays reigned victoriously and punched their ticket to the ALCS with the Royals.
This is arguably the biggest home run ever hit by a Blue Jays player not named “Joe”.