The Blue Jays further acknowledged Bautista during his at bat in the first inning, playing Usher's "O.M.G." - the song he used during his 54-homer season in 2010, and the one he brought back for his final home game in 2017 - as he stepped to the plate. Toronto is the city where he blossomed into a superstar and he developed into one of MLB's most polarizing players ... all while wearing a Blue Jays uniform.
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"We were all watching and his bat flip was No. 1", Biagini said, referencing Bautista's most significant homer of his career - a three-run shot that gave Toronto the lead, and an eventual win, over the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the 2015 American League Division Series. Donaldson hit.297, drove in a league-leading 123 runs and hit 41 home runs on his way to winning the AL MVP.
"It will be fun", Bautista said. "Obviously the playoff runs are great". "It was tough in Houston trying to get through some of those because I couldn't really give it everything I had, I guess, but it's frustrating".
It appeared as though baseball had moved on from Bautista, but he found a new home with his former general manager in Toronto, Alex Anthopoulos. There were plenty of hugs, high-fives and smiles from the players, Gibbons and the coaching staff. "He knew people came to watch him play".
Prior to becoming a franchise icon with the Blue Jays, Bautista was infamous for being a baseball nomad; suiting up for four teams in the span of one season and even belonging to the Mets organization for a few fleeting minutes during the 2004 season.
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"I look forward to the next one". Numbers speak for themselves and it wasn't my best year. I have been making better pitches, a little more quality pitches. I'm not trying to dwell on the past and let any of that drive me now.
"This just happened so it's hard for me to say right now but I'm going to do everything I can to make the next start".
Bautista didn't have any takers in the off-season but eventually caught on with Atlanta.
He entered play Tuesday with a.250 batting average, three homers and 13 RBIs in 36 games with NY.
The Mets are winless in their last four games played on Wednesday.
"I'm just continuing to be patient and trying not to strike out", Bautista said.
The Blue Jays (40-45) will try to complete a sweep of the two-game interleague set Wednesday when they send out right-hander Marcus Stroman (1-5, 6.02 ERA) at the Rogers Centre. He's second on the franchise's all-time list with 288 homers.