As Jays fans, I think we can all agree on this: There’s never a bad time to revisit Jose Bautista‘s bat flip.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 29, 2016
Mind you, epic as it may be, that still photo doesn’t really do it justice.
There we go.
I don’t know how many times I’ve watched that – it’s some ridiculous amount – but I still get goosebumps when I see it. I actually watched that whole 7th inning again a couple months after it happened, and was able to pick up on some things I missed while watching it in a noisy bar. I also welled up with tears of joy watching it all go down again. Yeah, I cried a little, so what? No big deal. I know I’m not the only one who’ll likely never forget that moment.
It seems like certain video games don’t want us to forget either.
I’ve been playing MLB The Show 16 for months now, and I’m still addicted. Obviously I’m playing as the Jays, but I haven’t quite been able to get Bautista to flip a bat just yet. As I understand, it only happens when you hit a no doubt walk-off home run – but it IS possible to do, as this game tip video shows:
It’s not a huge surprise to see this show up in a baseball video game (despite all the naysayers and Rangers fans who can’t stop talking about how Bautista “disrespected the game”), but it would seem the appeal of the bat flip crosses over into other sports too. Example: In the forthcoming EA Sports title NHL 17, you can create your own player with all kinds of customizable options, including his or her goal celebrations. Among the available options is an absolutely fantastic bat flip:
In a sport that’s known for players creatively chirping each other…
… I reckon the bat flip will fit in just fine. In fact, I’d go one step further and suggest this will become one of the most-used celebrations in the game. It’s the new equivalent of riding the stick!