Bautista Addresses Bat Flip in Essay

We're now almost a month removed from that fateful Game 5 of the American League Division Series, you know, the one the Rangers led 3-2 in the eighth inning before collapsing all over themselves and going on to lose three straight games after taking a 2-0 lead over the World Series favorites?

That's the one.

Anyway, the lasting image from that game is the one of Jose Bautista's iconic, polarizing bat flip after his go-ahead home run off Rangers' ace reliever Sam Dyson, after which Dyson and several Rangers along with Rangers fans everywhere and national media alike too exception.

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Bautista addressed the bat flip in an essay he wrote for Derek Jeter's project called The Players' Tribune, which is an outlet for athletes to write their story in their words — an interesting project.

Bautista said he felt like a super hero, "like Batman", and that his adrenaline was at 10 million out of 10. It's actually a pretty insightful read, and if you're on the side that thinks Bautista should be crucified for his bat flip, you might want to give it a read and get his perspective. Oh, and while you're at it, realize baseball is a game and a game is supposed to be fun.

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