Former Toronto Blue Jays slugger and bat flip aficionado Jose Bautista sent Blue Jays fans into a tizzy yesterday with a cryptic Toronto bound Snapchat selfie.
Jose Bautista set the social media world ablaze, toying with many fans emotions as the slugger Snap Chatted a selfie with a Toronto boarding pass greeting his fellow Snapchat followers with “Oh hi there” followed by three love emojis. Let’s just say that people noticed.
Bautista’s agent Jay Alou was also in tow for this latest trip north of the border as Alou posted a pic of the Bautista entourage on the plane chiming “Here we go! 41,00 feet somewhere over North America. This impromptu trip to Toronto seems somewhat ill-timed for a free agent who should be concentrating on getting into game shape and proving to prospective General Managers that there is still some gas left in the tank.
There is an army of loyal Bautista fans who would do somersaults to see the “Bat Flip King” back with the Blue Jays next season. The fan allegiance for Joe Bats is second to none among past and present Toronto athletes.
What Bautista and company neglected to point out was the slugger was in Toronto for the release of his watch line with the Hublot watch company that specializes in exotic materials and a Swiss watchmaking tradition according to their Twitter bio.
Hublot has athlete partnerships with the likes of Masahiro Tanaka, Pele, Usain Bolt, Dustin Johnson, Dwayne Wade and Eli Manning to name a few. According to their website, Toronto has three local retailers who specialize in their product however I soon realized they were out of my price range when it prompted me to book an appointment to purchase one of their watches.
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The cryptic Bautista photo got me thinking of any potential scenario that would make sense for the Blue Jays especially seeing they have a stockpile of outfielders currently. But what if the Jays could find a taker for Kendrys Morales and his remaining $23 million, they could sign Bautista on a cheap incentive-laden deal and slot him into the designated hitter spot. This would, in turn, free up extra finances to address pitching and the bullpen while Bautista and his new eyes could catch lightning in a bottle and give you close to the same production as Morales.
However, after last season it would seem very unlikely and nearly outlandish the Blue Jays would entertain any such pact with the 37-year old.
Unfortunately for Bautista and his legion of fans, there does not appear to be anything “ticking” except Father Time as the slugger’s career nears its final swan song.