Sam Dyson was front and centre for arguably the most exciting postseason game in modern day history. The hurler hung the offering that Jose Bautista quickly deposited over the fence which resulted in the bat flip heard around the world.
Lost in the melee and the hundred other story lines that resulted from the Blue Jays victory and Jose Bautista‘s epic bat flip was that Sam Dyson was no stranger to Toronto. The pitcher was drafted by those very Blue Jays in the 4th round, 126th overall of the 2010 amateur draft.
Dyson would make his Blue Jays debut in 2012 making two appearances surrendering three runs in 0.2 innings of work. His Blue Jays career on the reverse of every one of his baseball cards reflects a 40.50 earned run average.
Prior to his 2012 call-up, Dyson would spend the majority of the season in Double-A New Hampshire with the Fisher Cats. Some familiar teammates of Dyson’s during that season were Marcus Stroman, Ryan Tepera, Ryan Goins and Jonathan Diaz.
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Interestingly enough Jose Bautista would suit up for one game in New Hampshire during 2012 assuming as a rehab tuneup from an injury. Joey Bats in true fashion would crush two home runs during that Double -A contest. I wonder if Dyson had a front seat for those blasts from the bullpen.
The Blue Jays would eventually designate Dyson for assignment and he would be claimed by the Miami Marlins in the winter of 2013. Somewhat of a strange circumstance that the Blue Jays would release a draft pick after three years, especially one that was worthy of a major league call-up.
Miami would ship Dyson to the Texas Rangers at the 2015 trade deadline for two prospects and the rest is history.
So there is no questioning why Dyson took exception to the bat flip as it came at the hands of the team that had cast him away two years earlier.