The Bat Flip Heard Round the World – Joey Bats in Game 5
It was the bat flip heard 'round the world.
In one of the craziest 7th innings in MLB history, the Texas Rangers committed 4 errors before Blue Jays outfielder José Bautista took advantage.
Rangers relived starter Cole Hamels with Sam Dyson who then proceeded to allow the game-tying run when Josh Donaldson drove in a run on a force out. It was then a mammoth home run hit by José "Joey Bats" Bautista that put the Rogers Centre into a frenzy.
The entire inning lasted 53 minutes of actual game time with both benches clearing multiple times as well as the game being played under protest because of a play in the top of the 7th inning.
Was Joey Bats out of line?
I'm not a big fan of bat flips, or flips into the end zone (Josh Huff) in general, but the moment created by Bautista was so natural and spontaneous it's hard to argue.
The Toronto Blue Jays haven't had a moment like that since 1993 and it's hard to blame anyone for acting out in such a big stage.
The Blue Jays went on to win the game and series to advance to the ALCS for the first time since 1993.
You be the judge: