Sunday afternoon in Toronto was a crazy game. With the rookie phenom Aaron Judge hitting his 47th and 48th home runs in that game, it seemed like the Yankees ruined some big day in Toronto. However, whatever Aaron Judge did in Toronto was second to the potential end of an era for the city’s prodigal sun. It was the last chance for home Toronto fans to see their no-bull right fielder play on their home turf as a Blue Jay. Jose Bautista got one last salute from the fans.
Jose Bautista has been the face of the Toronto franchise since coming in a trade from the Pittsburgh Pirates as a backup infielder for the catcher Robinzon Diaz. In September 2009, after a year and a half of bumbling as a backup infielder, Dwayne Murphy finally broke the seal on Bautista’s potential they saw in Pittsburgh. He went nuts in September 2009, hitting 10 home runs that month and guaranteeing himself a job in 2010. Bautista turned that into an MLB high 54 home runs.
Jose Bautista became the player everyone would hope would bring rings north of the border once again. He and another castoff, Edwin Encarnacion, turned into the dynamic duo of Toronto. Despite all their success, and a team well-built around them, (bringing in stars such as Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, Melky Cabrera and Russell Martin), that looks like something that will never happen. It is unfortunate. The city has revolver Jose Bautista as their chief player and being unable to bring a ring to the city will hurt.
While loved in Toronto, all other 29 franchises and their fans see him as a whiny, egotistical prat who must not be their teammate. To say their argument is not justifiable would be stupid. MLB Advance Media has lots of Bautista videos on their record. It is not hard to see why fans dislike him. In August 2010 with Ivan Nova making his MLB debut, he had given up a home run to Joey Bats in the game. The next at bat, Nova lost control of a ball and nearly nailed Bautista in the head. While rightly upset, thinking the kid did it on purpose, he in effect, charged the mound.
Jose Bautista has also had his fair share of ejections over the years for arguing with umpires. With Monday night’s ejection, he now has eight on his career. Seven of those were for complaining about a strike call, or in 2015, a balk call. Joey Bats is notorious for having a bad attitude with a bad call; however, there are better ways to deal with a bad call, like let the fans deal with him rather than yourself.
However, Jose Bautista’s most famous ejection is the one everyone will remember. Things between the Texas Rangers and the Jays were tense coming into May 15, 2016. That day, Jose Bautista doing a knockout slide of Rougned Odor at second base cause the fight everyone will remember. It was not a normal baseball scrum with a lot of pushing and shoving. Rougned Odor coldcocked Bautista in the face. Odor’s punch was a worldwide meme with everyone supporting him for punching Joey Bats.
Fans of the Blue Jays love Toronto. Hopefully the Toronto Blue Jays put his #19 in the Ring of Honor at Rogers Centre. It is truly deserved, as Jose Bautista’s legacy in Toronto is guaranteed.