You've all seen THE Bat Flip. You were probably watching the game live like I was.
The epic 7th inning of game 5 of the ALDS.
You can read an excellent write up of the game here. In a nutshell, the Rangers took the lead on the play where Russell Martin's throw back to the mound hit Shin Soo Choo in the batters box and rolled away. Rougned Odor scores, chaos ensues and that half of the inning took forever.
Move to the bottom of the 7th inning and the Rangers melt down, with three errors on three consecutive plays. Another miscue, but not an error, by Odor and the game is tied again. That brings up Jose Bautista who eventually hits a three run bomb that was the difference in the game.
As soon as Bautista hits the no doubt homer, he gives the epic bat flip that Topps immortalized on his 2016 card.
No one is a bigger Ranger fan than me. No one. No one yelled louder at the TV when Bautista hit the homer. No one. However, I never thought for a single second that the bat flip was wrong. I never thought it was disrespectful. In what was the biggest moment in his career to that point, Bautista hit a bomb that put a cap on a 53 minute, insanity filled inning. It was an epic moment for him, for the Blue Jays and ultimately the nail in the coffin for the 2015 Rangers.
I do think the "4th inning, we're down by 7, solo shot" bat flip is stupid. I think this one was the frosting on the cake that was the Blue Jays comeback in that game.
Now, can we just get Spring Training here so I can look forward to something instead of back at this?